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Mark Haddon; behind the scenes

By: Patrick Rohling

English 12 Mrs. Cox

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Mark Haddon has gone through many things in his life. He once aided those who had Multiple Sclerosis and autism. However, his main ambitions were writing and drawing. Haddon has written many successful children’s books but wanted to pursue a new path, so Haddon set out to write a new book to please this new desire. He did not know this book was going to turn out to be about a fifteen year-old autistic boy. Haddon, known for his children’s books, was highly recognized for his most recent piece of literature, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, and received multiple awards, but was mostly heavily criticized for the piece of literature. These criticisms are still present and haunt the novel. Mark Haddon was born September 26, 1962 in Northampton, England. Marathon canoeing, writing, and abstract painting are his biggest passions. During his early career he used to assist patients with Multiple Sclerosis and Autism, and worked many other part-time jobs, including a theater box office and a mail-order business. Haddon obtained a formal education at Merton College, Oxford, and Edinburgh University. Haddon also worked as an illustrator and cartoonist for many periodicals. One of his most famous cartoon strips is one called “Men a User’s Guide”. He also wrote several children’s television series, like Microsoap, and Starstreet. But, he is most famous for his children’s books, especially his most recent piece The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time. His most recent piece has won several awards and is popular amongst all age groups, even though it was intended to be a novel pointed towards adults. Haddon says in an interview with Dave Weich that, “It was definitely for adults, but maybe I should say more specifically: it was for myself. I’ve been writing…...

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