Capsule Biography, Terry Pratchett

An assignment to copy the style of Jorge Luis Borges' capsule biographies of literary figures.

In April of 1948, he was born between an old castle and the world's first model village, in Hay-on-Wye, Wales. Academically unremarkable by his own enthusiastic admission, he would blame his education on his local library and fail to qualify to be an astronomer. Acquiescing to a career in journalism, he deserted his exams to write children's stories for a local newspaper. Sufficiently disabused of any romantic notions of the human spirit by his work in journalism and press relations, he fell into authorship as a means of coping.

While he was published in 1971, he wrote nothing of present importance until The Color of Magic in '83 — a book whose primary quality is its progeniture of the Discworld series which follows it. He made himself prolific and wrestled inspiration from discipline (in this he is more a craftsman than a poet). He dabbled at first in Satire (The Color of Magic), and progressed in this proclivity to Commentary (Going Postal), which is satire with a point.
He dedicated himself to his wife, his garden, his daughter, and orangutans. With few exceptions, Death features as a character in every one of his published novels, personable and fond of cats, a literary choice made all the more poignant by his eventual, fatal, diagnosis of Alzheimer's.

He juggled between his fingers a menagerie of varied success, writing on filmmaking, Shakesperian and sensible witchcraft, journalism, politics, policing, angry drunken fairies and the cold calculation of an amoral universe. His book, Hogfather, about the mythology of belief should be noted both for its excellent craftsmanship and humorous entertainment, and for its diagnosis of the tragic human animal as being the point where "the falling angel meets the rising ape."

If Pratchett's bibliography were made a person, they would be angry.