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Robert Jordan

Creator of the bestselling Wheel of Time fantasy series...

17/10/1948 - 16/09/2007

Robert Jordan was born in 1948 in Charleston, South Carolina, where he lived with his wife, Harriet, in a house built in 1797. He taught himself to read when he was four with the incidental aid of a twelve-years-older brother, and was tackling Mark Twain and Jules Verne by five. He was a graduate of The Citadel, the Military College of South Carolina, with a degree in physics. He served two tours in Vietnam with the U.S. Army; among his decorations were the Distinguished Flying Cross, the Bronze Star with "V", and two Vietnamese Crosses of Gallantry.

A history buff, he also wrote dance and theatre criticism. He enjoyed the outdoor sports of hunting, fishing, and sailing, and the indoor sports of poker, chess, pool, and pipe collecting. He began writing in 1977 and achieved his goal of continuing "until they nail(ed) shut his coffin."

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