Darkness Visible: Inside the World of Philip Pullman and His Dark Materials

Darkness Visible: Inside the World of Philip Pullman and His Dark Materials

by Nicholas Tucker


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Philip Pullman's celebrated trilogy His Dark Materials has been translated into 40 languages and sold over four million copies worldwide. All three books with their astonishing characters and richly complex plots will shortly become a major new TV series produced by Bad Wolf, a U.K./U.S. production company. In this second, revised edition of Darkness Visible, leading authority on children's literature Nicholas Tucker writes about the man he knows as a friend. He unpacks and examines the sources Pullman drew on for his masterpiece, from poets Milton and Blake to comic books and radio dramas. For while His Dark Materials can be enjoyed as a page-turning saga lit by an extraordinary imagination, it is also packed with literary references which raise important questions about our lives and even our ultimate place in the universe. Written for the general reader of whatever age, and including family photographs and illustrations, Darkness Visible offers a unique exploration of Pullman's great work while discussing the controversies it has given rise to in the decade following its publication.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781785782282
Publisher: Icon Books, Ltd. UK
Publication date: 09/12/2017
Pages: 224
Product dimensions: 5.10(w) x 7.70(h) x 0.70(d)
Age Range: 14 Years

About the Author

Nicholas Tucker is the author of nine books about children, childhood and reading, including The Child and the Book, (Cambridge University Press, 1981 and 1990). He has also written six books for children, broadcasts frequently and reviews in the national press. He lives in Lewes, East Sussex and sometimes finds himself reading aloud the same books to some of his eight grandchildren as he once did to their mothers and father.

Table of Contents

Philip Pullman1
The Sally Lockhart Novels29
Other Stories53
Illustrated Fiction57
Longer Novels76
His Dark Materials87
The Stories89
Northern Lights92
The Subtle Knife97
The Amber Spyglass100
Will and Lyra105
Will and Lyra as heroes112
Science and Religion120
Knowing your enemy: Lyra and Will versus the Church120
Parallel worlds131
What is Dust?133
Lord Asriel and Mrs Coulter146
Influences and Comparisons152
John Milton152
William Blake156
Heinrich von Kleist158
Pullman, C.S. Lewis and growing up161
Pullman's Philosophy167
Books by Philip Pullman189
Secondary Sources191
On the Marionette Theatre197

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