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James Oliver Rigney Jr.
Robert Jordan in 2006
Robert Jordan in 2006
Born (1948-10-17)October 17, 1948
Charleston, South Carolina, United States
Died September 16, 2007(2007-09-16) (aged 58)
South Carolina, United States
Pen name Robert Jordan
Occupation Novelist
Nationality American
Alma mater The Citadel
Genre Fantasy
Notable works The Wheel of Time series
Spouse Harriet McDougal


Robert Jordan (October 17, 1948 – September 16, 2007) was the pen or writing name of the American fantasy author James Oliver Rigney Jr. He was most famous for writing the long, epic fanasy series The Wheel of Time. He died from amyloidosis before he was able to finish the series. The last volume A Memory of Light was split into three and was completed by fellow American fantasy writer Brandon Sanderson.

Early life

Jordan was born in Charleston, South Carolina.

He served two tours in Vietnam (from 1968 to 1970) with the United States Army as a helicopter gunner. He was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross with oak leaf cluster, the Bronze Star with "V" and oak leaf cluster, and two Vietnamese Gallantry Crosses with palm.

After returning from Vietnam he attended The Citadel, where he received an undergraduate degree in physics; after graduating he was employed by the United States Navy as a nuclear engineer.

He began writing in 1977.

The Wheel of Time

The Wheel of Time is an epic fantasy series that centers around Rand al'Thor, a young man destined to be the Dragon Reborn, the savior figure of the story. The Dragon Reborn is prophesied to lead the forces of the Light (the forces of good) to fight the Dark One (the main antagonist) at the Last Battle.

Personal life

Jordan was a history buff and enjoyed hunting, fishing, sailing, poker, chess, pool, and pipe-collecting.

He described himself as a "High Church" Episcopalian and received communion more than once a week.

He lived with his wife, Harriet McDougal, who works as a book editor (currently with Tor Books; she was also Jordan's editor) in a house built in 1797.

List of books in the series

  • The Eye of the World, (1990) ISBN: 0-312-85009-3
  • The Great Hunt, (1990) ISBN: 0-312-85140-5
  • The Dragon Reborn, (1991) ISBN: 0-312-85248-7
  • The Shadow Rising, (1992) ISBN: 0-312-85431-5
  • The Fires of Heaven, (1993) ISBN: 0-312-85427-7
  • Lord of Chaos, (1994) ISBN: 0-312-85428-5
  • A Crown of Swords, (1996) ISBN: 0-312-85767-5
  • The Path of Daggers, (1998) ISBN: 0-312-85769-1
  • Winter's Heart, (2000) ISBN: 0-742-97355-7
  • Crossroads of Twilight, (2003) ISBN: 0-312-86459-0
  • New Spring, prequel to the series, (2004) ISBN: 0-765-30629-8
  • Knife of Dreams, (2005) ISBN: 0-312-87307-7
  • The Gathering Storm, the first part of A Memory of Light, (2009) ISBN: 978-0-7653-0230-4
  • Towers of Midnight, the second part of A Memory of Light, (To be released in 2010)
  • A Memory of Light, the last part of A Memory of Light, (To be written)
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