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A Guide to Fantasy Literature

Thoughts on Stories of Wonder and Enchantment

Philip Martin

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  • Paperback: 144 pages
  • Dimensions: 6.00" x 9.00"
  • ISBN: 978-1-933987-04-0
  • Publication Date: 2009-07-01
  • Crickhollow Books

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A Guide to Fantasy Literature

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A Guide to Fantasy Literature is a wide-ranging, thoughtful look at the magic of fantasy storytelling and why it delights and enchants readers of all ages. The book discusses the nature of the best writing, from tales of Middle-earth and Narnia to many other examples of high fantasy, dark fantasy, fairy-tale fiction, magic realism, and adventure-fantasy tales.

The book also examines the major building blocks of fantasy fiction, and discusses the purpose and popularity of fantasy literature today. It includes material from original interviews and many brief samples of outstanding passages from the writings of the best fantasists, from J.R.R. Tolkien to J.K. Rowling, from C.S. Lewis to Stephen King, drawing an inclusive picture of a vibrant literary community across the ages.

This is a substantially revised version of an earlier work, The Writer’s Guide to Fantasy Literature (2002), now oriented to a general audience of readers, while offering many tips and techniques for writers.


Praise for the original edition (A Writer’s Guide to Fantasy Literature):

“A genuinely valuable book, intelligently assembled and edited.” — Peter S. Beagle, World Fantasy Award winner

“Rich with insights, thorough and knowledgeable. . . . At heart, it’s a work of deep love and understanding of a powerful literary genre.” — Lloyd Alexander, Newbery Award winner


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Philip Martin

Philip Martin is a folklorist, award-winning author of books on cultural traditions, and an indie-press book editor of fiction and nonfiction, especially instructional guides for writers. (A previous edition of this book, The Writer’s Guide to Fantasy Literature, sold over 5,000 copies to the book trade.) Previously acquisitions editor for The Writer Books, connected with The Writer magazine, Phil is currently series editor of an annual anthology on craft and career for writers, The New Writer’s Handbook, and directs Great Lakes Literary, a publishing consulting firm in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

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