Bernard Evslin

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Bernard Evslin
Born (1922-04-04)April 4, 1922
New Rochelle, New York
Died June 4, 1993(1993-06-04) (aged 71)
Kauai, Hawaii
Cause of death Cardiac arrest
Occupation author

Bernard Evslin (April 4, 1922 – June 4, 1993) was an American author best known for his adaptations of Greek mythology.


Bernard Evslin was born in New Rochelle, New York.

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.

He was married to author and teacher Dorothy Evslin. Bernard Evslin is the father of cofounder and CEO of ITXC Corporation, the former Chief Technology Officer of State of Vermont, inventor, author and blogger Tom Evslin.[citation needed].


He died of cardiac arrest while in his swimming pool 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

Heroes, Gods, and Monsters of the Greek Myths

  • 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