Tuesday, June 29, 2004

Jennings author dies

Anthony Buckeridge, author of the Jennings series of radio plays and books, has died at the age of 92.

David Rudd, an expert on children's literature at Bolton Institute, said that Buckeridge's work should be reassessed. "I think he is extremely underrated," he said. "He is like a children's Wodehouse. He created excellent characters, brilliant dialogue and inventive slang."

There's an enthusiastic article about Buckeridge's skills on an Australian site, arguing that his writing is "a disguised English lesson about literary devices with the drudgery taken out it."

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