A Guide to Fantasy Literature:
Thoughts on Stories of Wonder & Enchantment
by Philip Martin
A Guide to Fantasy Literature is a wide-ranging 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 Harry Potter, Lord of the Rings, and Narnia to many other examples of classic high fantasy, dark fantasy, fairy-tale, magic realism, and adventure-fantasy tales.
Crickhollow Books • 2009
Original Trade Softcover • $16.95 • ISBN: 978-1-933987-04-0
144 pages, 6″ x 9″ • Literary Studies / Fantasy
$4.99 eBook edition
A Guide to Fantasy Literature examines the major building blocks of fantasy fiction, and discusses the purpose and popularity of fantasy literature today. The book includes interviews with a number of notable authors and exemplary passages from significant stories, drawing an inclusive picture of a vibrant literary community across the ages.
This is a revised edition of an earlier work, The Writer’s Guide to Fantasy Literature, now oriented to a general audience of readers and writers of fantasy.
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, it’s the best and most reliable guide to a multi-faceted subject. At heart, it’s a work of deep love and understanding of a powerful literary genre.”
— Lloyd Alexander, Newbery Award winner
“The book is really practical and stimulating—unlike many in the field.”
— Joan Aiken, winner of the Guardian Award
“Practical and undogmatic … so well done that my recommended list [of books for writers] just got one book longer.”
— Charles de Lint, in Fantasy & Science Fiction magazine
“It’s a great deal of fun to read, and has some very sensible advice.”
— Patricia A. McKillip, World Fantasy Award winner
Philip Martin is a folklorist, award-winning author, and book editor who has worked with award-winning children’s and adult fiction. He has created and authored audio, photo-documentary, and written studies of cultural heritage, as well as a number of instructional guides for writers. Previously acquisitions editor for The Writer Books (connected with The Writer magazine), he is a freelance editor, director of Great Lakes Literary, a publishing and marketing consulting firm. He lives in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. For more, visit www.greatlakeslit.com.