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'Snowman' author Raymond Briggs dies at 88

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Jill Lawless

File photo of author Raymond Briggs in Hyde Park, London.
File photo hide by author Raymond Briggs Park, London. Photo by Anthony Devlin /THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

London — British children's author and illustrator Raymond Briggs has produced works such asThe SnowmanandFungus the Bogeyman. I left works such as He was 88 years old.

Briggs' family said he died on Tuesday, thanking staff at his Royal Sussex County Hospital near his home in the south of England. his last few weeks.

"We know Raymond's books have been loved and inspired by millions of people around the world. They will be saddened to hear the news," said the family. said in a statement Wednesday through publisher Penguin Random House. He started his decades-long career as an illustrator for He won Kate Greenaway his medal, considered the Oscar of children's publishing, for his illustrations for the children's book The Mother Goose Treasury in 1966.

He tweaked the fairy tale in his 1970 publication Jim and the BeanstalkandFather His Christmasin his second Greenaway. Awarded. Published in 1973, the book featured the gruff but gentle Santa Claus and, like many of Briggs' books, was adapted for television.

Fungus the Bogeymandescribes his day in the life of a terrifying subterranean monster that, after its 1977 publication, will make children cringe. or pleased.

The following year saw theSnowman. This is the bittersweet story of a boy's winter creation magically brought to life. This silent book has sold over 5.5 million copies of his worldwide and was adapted into an anime in 1982 and has been shown on British television every Christmas since.

Author Raymond Briggs attends the BookTrust Lifetime Achievement Award celebration event at the Southbank centre, in London, Feb. 9, 2017.
Attends The Trust Lifetime Achievement Awards Celebration Event The Centre, London, February 9, 2017. Photo by David Sandison /Source via REUTERS

1982 When the wind blowsMelancholy and A furious story about the aftermath of a nuclear attack on Britain. It was animated in 1986 with music by David Bowie and others.

Briggs' anti-nuclear stance made him unpopular with members of British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher's Conservative government. A caricature of the Falklands conflict The Tin-Pot So did Foreign General and the Old Iron Woman.

Her Francesca Dow, managing his director of Penguin Random House Children's, said that Mr. Briggs was "unique" and "has a lot of picture books, graphics and animation in his novels." It inspired generations of creators."

"Raymond's book is a pictorial masterpiece that addresses the fundamental question of what it is to be human, and speaks to adults and children alike with stunningly lean language and illustrations." she said.

The Briggs family said Briggs "had a rich and fulfilling life" and was fortunate to have both his late wife and his late partner of more than 40 years. rice field.

Briggs' wife Jean died in his 1973 and his partner Liz in her 2015. Briggs has his son-in-law and daughter-in-law and their families.

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