Daemon Voices: On Stories and Storytelling

Daemon Voices: On Stories and Storytelling

by Philip Pullman


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From the internationally best-selling author of the His Dark Materials trilogy, a spellbinding journey into the secrets of his art—the 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 story—from his own books to those of Blake, Milton, Dickens, and the Brothers Grimm, among others—and 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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780525521174
Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date: 09/18/2018
Pages: 480
Sales rank: 469,069
Product dimensions: 6.58(w) x 9.52(h) x 1.42(d)

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.


Oxford, England

Date of Birth:

October 19, 1946

Place of Birth:

Norwich, England


Exeter College, Oxford University

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Table of Contents

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Introduction by Simon Mason
Magic Carpets
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
Paradise Lost
An Introduction
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

Oliver Twist
An Introduction

Let’s Pretend  
Novels, Films and the Theatre

The Firework-Maker’s Daughter on Stage
The Story of a Story

Imaginary Friends
Are Stories Anti-Scientific?

Behind the Masks

Balloon Debate  
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!


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