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Re: New Book Releases

Subject: Re: New Book Releases
by Urulöké on 2013/4/16 10:54:26

The University of Chicago Press will be distributing "Magical Tales" in the USA. It will be available in June (about a month after the Bodleian release date).

http://press.uchicago.edu/ucp/books/b ... ributed/M/bo15600475.html



EDITED BY CAROLYNE LARRINGTON AND DIANE PURKISS
Distributed for Bodleian Library, University of Oxford
Anna Caughey, David Clark, Hannah Field, Carolyne Larrington, and Diane Purkiss

192 pages
70 color plates
7 x 7 1/2
Paperback
$45.00
ISBN: 9781851242641

A faun carrying an umbrella. A hobbit who makes his home in a hole in the ground. An ill-treated schoolboy with a secret and a scar. Fantasy is among the most beloved genres in children’s literature— and its offerings are often just as eagerly anticipated by adults. But how is it that writers like J. K. Rowling and Philip Pullman are able to create such remarkable images?

Magical Tales traces the origin of the genre back through Norse mythology, Arthurian legend, and medieval literature. Drawing on manuscripts and rare books in the renowned collection of the Bodleian Library, the essays turn the spotlight on spell books; grimoires, or magical textbooks; and books of legend and myth whose themes writers like J. R. R. Tolkien and C. S. Lewis incorporated into their work, inspiring generations of writers that extend to the present day. In serving as a source of inspiration for later literary works, the contributors show, myths and legends have themselves been altered in interesting ways.

Richly illustrated, Magical Tales offers an enchanting take on the development of this wildly popular genre.