I’ve Come to the End – By Kenny Chumbley

  With this essay, I conclude my series on fairy tales. I’ve not discussed everyone I could have (E. Nesbit and P. L. Travers, for...

C. S. Lewis and Narnia

  By Kenny Chumbley It is often the case that children are introduced to the genius of C. S. Lewis through his fantasy series, The Chronicles...

Old Iron – By Peter Barrett

  The routine was always the same. Winters, usually; summers occasionally. The search for a new car always occurred in the extremes of each season. Dad,...

Notes on Conceptual Fiction – By Ted Gioia

1. Is it possible that the idea of "realism" as a guiding principle for fiction is itself unrealistic?  After all, there are no Newtonian laws in stories—an...

The Formula for Fantasy – By Kenny Chumbley

  All fairy tales are fantasy, but not all fantasies are fairy tales. Fairy tales require fairy folk (elves, gnomes, etc.). The Three Little Pigs...

Where has all the laughter gone? – By Mitali Chakravarty

  There was a time when limericks and humorous poetry made us laugh, when ‘Laughter is the Best Medicine!’ brought tears of merriment to multiple...

Charles Kingsley : “Tomfoolery with a Serious Purpose”

  By Kenny Chumbley   No one familiar with Victorian literature would rate Charles Kingsley’s books among the very best except, maybe, his children’s fantasy, The Water-Babies. Charles Kingsley...

The Personality of Phantasy – By Kenny Chumbley

              My qualifications for writing about fantasy literature/fairy tales are slight. As a child, I wore out the Whitman...

The Stories We Tell Ourselves: A Look Through the Lenses of Zen Buddhism and...

  In his poem Can Palat W.S. Merwin reminisces about an abandoned, hillside farmstead he encountered as a young man. On a terrace he finds an...

Andrew Lang, The Master of Fairyland

  By Kenny Chumbley In the late 19th century, fairy tales had fallen out of favor with the general public; some educationalists even attacked them as...

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