The Wand in the Word: Conversations with Writers of Fantasy, by
Leonard S. Marcus (ed.), Candlewick, 2006
The Wand in the Word is a refreshing view of literature, especially
in a time when writers are probing beneath the storyline of the most
famous children’s tales and legends of our time.
Author Leonard Marcus, himself a legend in writing about children’s
literature, has interviewed 13 writers of fantasy, including
attractive photographs, examples of marked-up manuscripts, and the
Here the reader can share writer’s feelings about fantasy, and how
the writing of fantasy affected their lives, and thus gain an
informative new perspective on fiction.
Marcus points out the writings of J.R.R. Tolkien and their seminal
effect on fantasy writers, even to the point of legitimizing this
form of writing as part of the world of children’s literature.
Explore this book, share the conversations and viewpoints of active
fiction writers, and enjoy your renewed appreciation for this
fascinating world. But look out for any wayward hobbits nestled in
the forest nearby!