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The Wand in the Word: Conversations with Writers of Fantasy, by Leonard S. Marcus (ed.), Candlewick, 2006

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The Wand in the Word is a refreshing view of literature, especially in a time when writers are probing beneath the storyline of the most famous children’s tales and legends of our time.

Author Leonard Marcus, himself a legend in writing about children’s literature, has interviewed 13 writers of fantasy, including attractive photographs, examples of marked-up manuscripts, and the like.

Here the reader can share writer’s feelings about fantasy, and how the writing of fantasy affected their lives, and thus gain an informative new perspective on fiction.
Marcus points out the writings of J.R.R. Tolkien and their seminal effect on fantasy writers, even to the point of legitimizing this form of writing as part of the world of children’s literature.

Explore this book, share the conversations and viewpoints of active fiction writers, and enjoy your renewed appreciation for this fascinating world. But look out for any wayward hobbits nestled in the forest nearby!

Bruce Cook, Ph.D.


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