The author of The Handmaid´s Tale and Oryx and Crake engagingly explores her lifelong relationship to science fiction, both as a reader and as a writer. At a time when the borders between literary genres are increasingly porous, Margaret Atwood maps the richly fertile crosscurrents of speculative and science fiction, slipstream, utopias and dystopias, and fantasy, and muses on their roots in the age-old human impulse to imagine new worlds. She shares the evolution of her personal fascination with this branch of literature, from her days as a child inventing a race of flying superhero rabbits, to her graduate study of the Victorian ancestors of SF to her appreciations of such influential writers as Marge Piercy, Rider Haggard, Ursula K. LeGuin, Kazuo Ishiguro, Aldous Huxley, and Jonathan Swift. As humorous and charming as it is insightful and provocative, In Other Worlds brilliantly illuminates ´´the wilder storms on the wilder seas of invention.´´
J M Synge was one of the key dramatists in the flourishing world of Irish literature at the turn of the century. This volume offers all of Synge´s plays, which range from racy comedy to stark tragedy, all sharing a memorable lyricism. The introduction sets Synge´s work in the context of the Irish literary movement, with special attention to his role as one of the founders of the Abbey Theatre and his work alongside W. B. Yeats and Lady Gregory. Includes: Riders to the Sea; The Shadow of the Glen; The Tinker´s Wedding; The Well of the Saints; The Play of the Western World; Deirdre of the Sorrows
Horror novelist Peter Straub creates highly personalized fiction with an allusiveness and ambiguity that deny the genre´s explicit nature. For him, the Gothic style is to be created and recreated in a changing world--Faustian pacts, buried secrets, haunted places, ghosts, vampires and succubi take on strange new shapes and effects. Stephen King describes Straub´s style as ´´a synthesis of horror and beauty.´´ Drawing on interviews with Straub and featuring an exclusive interview with King, this study explores the work of the author who has been called ´´a writer of rare wit and intelligence in a field beset with cynical potboilers.´´
In this detailed look at The Lord of the Rings, author Jared Lobdell examines J. R. R. Tolkien´s methods and worldview by following the thread of three influences: the science of philology, Roman Catholic theology, and the Edwardian adventure story. Tolkien´s knowledge of Germanic and Celtic languages helps explain his use of period linguistics as well as his skill at coining memorable names. The author explores the Christian/Catholic underpinnings of the Rings series, with emphasis on the question of whether the books are set before the Fall of Man. This fascinating look at Tolkien´s creative process is a must-have for all Lord of the Rings and Tolkien fans.
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