Biography of Neil Gaiman

Neil Gaiman was born on November 10, 1960 in Hampshire, UK. Gaiman developed a love for reading at an early age. In interviews, Gaiman mentions that he grew up voraciously reading the works of "C.S. Lewis, J.R.R. Tolkien, and Edgar Allan Poe." These writers would serve as profound influences in Gaiman's later work. In interviews, Gaiman explains that his childhood fondness for libraries inspired him to pursue writing as a profession.

Instead of attending college, Gaiman chose to begin his writing career. While in England, Gaiman started working as a journalist. His first book was a biography of English new wave band Duran Duran. The book was published in 1984. After growing disillusioned with the "untruthfulness" of the British journalism industry, Gaiman began collaborating with artist Dave McKean on graphic novels and comics. In 1991, Gaiman's acclaimed comic series, Sandman, became the first comic ever to receive a literary award.

As an author, Gaiman is universally recognized for crossing genres and covering a wide range of subject material. Since 1996, Gaiman began crossing into film and television. He wrote the 1996 BBC television series, Neverwhere. He also adapted Hayao Miyazaki's famed Japanese anime film, Princess Mononoke, into English. In addition, many of Gaiman's literary works have been adapted for film. Coraline was adapted into a stop-motion feature film in 2009, and a film adaption of The Graveyard Book is currently in production. Neil Gaiman currently resides outside of Minneapolis. He continues to share his storytelling style through lectures and conventions around the world.


Study Guides on Works by Neil Gaiman

An award-winning novel by Neil Gaiman, American Gods is a blend of both modern religions and ancient mythologies. This includes Norse mythology and Americana. Published in 2001 by British Publishing House Headline, this novel alludes to themes...

Anansi Boys is a Modern Mythological tale by Neil Gaiman, an English author of short stories, novels, audio plays, films, graphic novels, and comic books. Anansi Boys is about the children of the West African and Carribean spider god of trickery,...

Coraline is the first children's novella by British fantasy writer Neil Gaiman. The novel takes its name from the story's young, female protagonist. After moving to a new home, Coraline acquaints herself with her eccentric neighbors and explores...