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Title LinkMagical tales : myth, legend and enchantment in children’s books / edited by Carolyne Larrington & Diane Purkiss.
Imprint Oxford : Bodleian Library, University of Oxford, 2013.
Description xii, 188 pages :  illustrations (some color) ;  19 cm.
Type of Material Monograph
Gen. Note Published to accompany the exhibition of the same name.
Bibliography Note Includes bibliographical references (pages 177-184) and index.
Contents Contents: Books of magic / Diane Purkiss -- The myths of the north in children’s books / Carolyne Larrington -- The magical Middle Ages in children’s fantasy literature / David Clark -- Once and future Arthurs: Arthurian literature for children / Anna Caughey -- The magic finger and thumb: early movable books for children / Hannah Field.
Summary A faun carrying an umbrella; a hobbit who lives in a hole; a mysterious name, Lyra; an ill-treated schoolboy with a scar and a secret. Children’s fantasy books often begin with resonant images. However, they also begin in an author’s reading practices. How do children’s authors incorporate myths and legends into their work? And how do myths and legends change as a result? In this illustrated collection of essays a team of academic experts trace the magical tales from Norse myth, Arthurian legend and medieval literature which have inspired the finest writers for children, including C.S. Lewis, J.R.R. Tolkien and Alan Garner. Drawing on collections of manuscripts and rare books in the Bodleian Library, additional chapters put the spotlight on spell books, grimoires and books that do magic, as well as exploring stunning examples of pop-up books, harlequinades and concertina panoramas from the Opie Collection of Children’s Literature. Other writers under discussion include children’s authors of the Victorian era, such as George MacDonald, Rudyard Kipling and E. Nesbit, and twentieth-century writers Susan Cooper, Diana Wynne Jones and Philip Pullman. Through wide-ranging analysis these essays show how literature and tales from the Middle Ages and earlier still have been reinterpreted for each generation and continue to have a profound impact on writers of fantasy books for children today.
Subject LinkChildren’s literature -- Exhibitions.
LinkMythology in literature -- Exhibitions.
LinkLegends in literature -- Exhibitions.
LinkMagic in literature -- Exhibitions.
LinkArthurian romances -- Influence -- Exhibitions.
Add.Author LinkLarrington, Carolyne.
LinkPurkiss, Diane, 1961-
Add.Author LinkBodleian Library, issuing body.

System Number 000680208
ISBN Link9781851242641 (paperback)
Link1851242643 (paperback)

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