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Joan Aiken was a popular and successful later twentieth-century writer of short stories and longer fictions for children, most of which are fantasies or have strong supernatural or mystery elements. She also wrote adult novels (both thrillers and romances), and last of all of a series of sequels to novels by Jane Austen.
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4 September 1924 JA was born at Rye in Sussex, the youngest of three children. Bibliographic Citation link.
By late November 1962 For her second children's fantasy fiction, The Wolves of Willoughby Chase, JA chose a setting in the earlier nineteenth century—but an unfamiliar nineteenth century in which historical events have panned out differently. Bibliographic Citation link.
May 1981 JA's The Stolen Lake, another in the Willoughby Chase series of children's fantasies, centres on the intrepid Dido Twite's adventures in nineteenth-century Brazil. Bibliographic Citation link.
October 1984 JA published Mansfield Revisited, A Novel, a sequel to Austen's Mansfield Park and a harbinger of escalation in fiction of this type. Bibliographic Citation link.
4 January 2004 JA died at the age of seventy-nine. Bibliographic Citation link.
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