ENTRY: Garner, Alan
Alan Garner O.B.E. (b. Congleton October 17, 1934)
is an English fantasy writer whose work is firmly rooted in his local Cheshire.
He schooled at Manchester Grammar School, and went up to Magdalen College, Oxford.
He completed a degree in Classics and knew J.R.R. Tolkien
and C.S. Lewis.
His works are classics of children's and young adult literature, deeply felt
novels of the English landscape and the place of history and myth within
it. He is also strongly influenced also by Cheshire dialect that he
was forbidden to speak as a child, and by a burning sense of injustice
occasioned by reading Tolkien's version of the local dialect poem
Sir Gawain and the Green Knight. While reading Sir Gawain,
Garner realised that although his father would have understood the dialect,
he himself has lost the knowledge of it.
His more recent work (Strandloper, Thursbitch) is more specifically
intended for adult readers, while the earlier The Stone Book Quartet
(which received the Phoenix Award in 1996) is poetic in style and
His collection of essays and public talks, The Voice That Thunders,
contains much autobiographical material, as well as critical
reflection upon folklore and language, literature and education,
the nature of myth and time. Garner is an accomplished public speaker.
The Weirdstone of Brisingamen (1960)
The Moon of Gomrath (1963)
The Owl Service (1967)
Red Shift (1973)
The Stone Book Quartet (1979)
Thursbitch (2003) A Bag of Moonshine (1986) - a collection of 22 stories chosen from the folklore of England and Wales.
Made in Staffordshire, England. © 2007.
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