Raymond Briggs death: The snowman author dies at the age of 88

Raymond Briggs, author of The SnowmanHe died at the age of 88.

This was announced by the author publisher Penguin Random House on Wednesday (08/10).

Briggs, who was also an illustrator, cartoonist, and graphic novelist, began his career in the 1950s.

He was best known for his writing The Snowmanwhose cartoon adaptation of the song “Walking in the Air” by Aled Jones has become a Christmas classic.

Other famous works by Briggs include those from 1973 Santa Clausanother Christmas book for children, Fungus the bogeymanand Ug: Young genius of the Stone Age.

In a statement, Briggs’ family said: “We know that Raymond’s books have been loved and touched by millions of people around the world who will be saddened to hear this news. Fan drawings inspired by his books – especially children’s drawings – were treasured by Raymond and pinned to the wall of his studio.

“Living a rich and fulfilling life, he said he feels fortunate to have had both his wife Jean and his 40-something partner Liz in his life.”

The statement went on to reflect on Briggs’ “love of the outdoors” and “sense of fun and crazy.”

Raymond Briggs is best known for his classic children’s book The Snowman.

(Jenny Goodall/ANL/Shutterstock)

“He played pranks and enjoyed it when they were played on him,” it said. “All of us who were close to him knew his irreverent sense of humor – it could be scathing in his work when dealing with those in power. He liked them Guardian Editorial that bills itself as an “iconoclastic national treasure.”

“Raymond was loved dearly and will be greatly missed by his stepchildren and stepchildren, his dearest friends, his devoted carers and team, and his wonderful neighbors.

“His family would like to thank the entire team at Overton Ward at the Royal Sussex County Hospital for the kind and thoughtful care given to Raymond over his final few weeks.”

https://www.independent.co.uk/arts-entertainment/books/news/raymond-briggs-death-snowman-b2142071.html Raymond Briggs death: The snowman author dies at the age of 88

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