Hoban, Russell

▪ American author
in full  Russell Conwell Hoban 
born Feb. 4, 1925, Lansdale, Pa., U.S.

      American novelist and children's writer who combined myth, fantasy, humour, and philosophy to explore issues of self-identity.

      Hoban attended the Philadelphia Museum School of Industrial Art and served in the U.S. Army (1943–45) before beginning his career as an advertising artist and copywriter. He moved to London in 1969. His first book, What Does It Do and How Does It Work? (1959), developed from his drawings of construction machinery. He then started writing fiction for children. One of his most enduring creations is the anthropomorphic badger Frances, who is featured with her family and friends in a series of books beginning with Bedtime for Frances (1960). Fear and mortality intrude on the fantasy story The Mouse and His Child (1967; filmed 1977), one of Hoban's best-known books. His other notable works for children include The Sorely Trying Day (1964), Charlie the Tramp (1967), Emmet Otter's Jug-Band Christmas (1971), How Tom Beat Captain Najork and His Hired Sportsmen (1974), Dinner at Alberta's (1975), Jim Hedgehog and the Lonesome Tower (1992), M.O.L.E.: Much Overworked Little Earthmover (1993), Trouble on Thunder Mountain (1999), and Jim's Lion (2001). Before 1971 most of Hoban's books for children were illustrated by his first wife, Lillian Hoban.

      Among Hoban's novels for adults are The Lion of Boaz-Jachin and Jachin-Boaz (1973), Kleinzeit (1974), and Turtle Diary (1975; filmed 1985). Riddley Walker (1980), probably Hoban's best-known novel, is set in the future in an England devastated by nuclear war. Events are narrated in a futuristic form of English. Hoban's later writings include the novels Pilgermann (1983); The Medusa Frequency (1987), the story of an author who deals with his writer's block by electrifying his brain, which produces a series of imagined interlocutors, including the disembodied head of Orpheus; The Moment Under the Moment (1992); Fremder (1996); Amaryllis Night and Day (2001); Linger Awhile (2006), about a dead B-movie actress from the 1950s who is reanimated at the behest of a love-struck 83-year-old widower; and My Tango with Barbara Strozzi (2007).

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