From the internationally best-selling author of the His Dark Materials trilogy, a spellbinding journey into the secrets of his artthe narratives that have shaped his vision, his experience of writing, and the keys to mastering the art of storytelling.
One of the most highly acclaimed and best-selling authors of our time now gives us a book that charts the history of his own enchantment with storyfrom his own books to those of Blake, Milton, Dickens, and the Brothers Grimm, among othersand delves into the role of story in education, religion, and science. At once personal and wide-ranging, Daemon Voices is both a revelation of the writing mind and the methods of a great contemporary master, and a fascinating exploration of storytelling itself.
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About the Author
Philip Pullman is one of the most acclaimed and best-selling writers at work today. He is best known for the His Dark Materials trilogy: The Golden Compass, The Subtle Knife, and The Amber Spyglass, which has been named one of the top 100 novels of all time by Newsweek and one of the all-time greatest novels by Entertainment Weekly. In 2004, he was appointed a Commander of the Order of the British Empire. He lives in Oxford, England.
Date of Birth:October 19, 1946
Place of Birth:Norwich, England
Education:Exeter College, Oxford University
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Table of Contents
Introduction by Simon Mason
The Writer’s Responsibilities
The Writing of Stories
Making It Up and Writing It Down
Heinrich von Kleist: “On the Marionette Theatre”
Grace Lost and Regained
The Origin of the Universe
The Storytelling of Science and Religion: A Response to a Lecture by Stephen Hawking
The Path Through the Wood
How Stories Work
Dreaming of Spires
Oxfords, Real and Imaginary
What Do You Mean?
Children’s Literature Without Borders
Stories Shouldn’t Need Passports
Let’s Write It in Red
The Practice of Writing
Big Stories About Big Things
Folk Tales of Britain
Streams of Stories Down Through the Years
As Clear as Water
Making a New Version of the Brothers Grimm
A Bar at the Folies-Bergère
Modernism and Storytelling
Poco a Poco
The Fundamental Particles of Narrative
The Classical Tone
Narrative Tact and Other Classical Virtues
Reading in the Borderland
Reading, Books and Pictures
Novels, Films and the Theatre
The Firework-Maker’s Daughter on Stage
The Story of a Story
Are Stories Anti-Scientific?
Behind the Masks
Why Fiction Is Valuable
The Anatomy of Melancholy
An Introduction to an Indispensable Book
Soft Beulah’s Night
William Blake and Vision
Writing Fantasy Realistically
Fantasy, Realism and Faith
The Story of The Good Man Jesus and the Scoundrel Christ
A Response to Puzzled Readers
The Cat, the Chisel and the Grave
Do We Need a Theory of Human Nature to Tell Us How to Write Stories?
“I Must Create a System . . .”
A Moth’s-eye View of William Blake
Talents and Virtues
Another Visit to Miss Goddard’s Grave
God and Dust
Notes for a Study Day with the Bishop of Oxford
The Republic of Heaven
God Is Dead, Long Live the Republic!