Bernard Evslin

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Bernard Evslin (1922–1993) was an American author best known for his adaptations of Greek mythology. With over seventy titles, which include both novel-length retellings and short stories, Evslin is one of the most widely published authors of classical mythology in the world. His best-known work is Heroes, Gods and Monsters of the Greek Myths, which has sold more than ten million copies worldwide and has been translated into ten different languages. An estimated 30 million students[citation needed] have come into contact with Heroes, Gods and Monsters of the Greek Myths due to its repeated use in high school and college classrooms over the years. This bestselling anthology includes such well-known stories as "Theseus and the Minotaur" and "Perseus and Medusa." He also published non-Hellenic titles such as The Green Hero, based on the Irish mythological character Finn McCool.

Evslin won many awards for his writing, including the National Education Association Award in 1961, National Education Award nomination in 1975, best television documentary on an Educational Theme Award, Washington Irving Children's Book Choice Award, and Westchester Library Association Award.

Bernard Evslin was born in New Rochelle, New York. He was married to author and teacher Dorothy Evslin, and is the father of cofounder and CEO of ITXC Corporation, author and blogger Tom Evslin and grandfather of the screenwriter Noah Evslin who is currently working on cinematic versions of his grandfather's works.[citation needed] He died of cardiac arrest on June 4, 1993 in Kauai, Hawaii at the age of 71.

Evslin's Monsters of Mythology series, published between 1987 and 1991, retold many stories from ancient mythology, often by altering the plot of the stories. The titles include:

  • The Adventures of Ulysses
  • Anteus
  • Amycus
  • The Calydonian Boar
  • Cerberus
  • The Chimaera
  • The Cyclopes
  • Drabne of Dole
  • The Dragon of Boetia
  • Fafnir
  • Fenris
  • The Furies
  • Geryon
  • Harpalyce
  • Hecate
  • The Hydra
  • Ladon
  • Medusa
  • The Minotaur
  • The Nemean Lion
  • Pig's Ploughman
  • Procrustes
  • Scylla and Charybdis
  • The Sirens
  • The Spear-Birds
  • The Sphinx