Saturday, March 28, 2015

Of Allegory, Magic, and the Meaning of Arthur

Welcome back to Day 2 of the Pendragon's Heir release party!

Today brings good news! The Amazon delays are finally over. If all goes well, sometime in the next few hours, Pendragon's Heir, Kindle Edition, will appear on Amazon at this link.

Meanwhile, today I'll be appearing on the following blogs:

Ashlee Willis, where I'll explain how fiction can be truer than fact, why I didn't research too much factual medieval detail for Pendragon's Heir, and what the Arthurian legends tell us about the medieval experience;
Literary Lane, where I'll be discussing the noble history and surprising complexity of medieval allegory; and last but not least,
My Lady Bibliophile, where Schuyler and I will curl up to have a Round Table discussion of Pendragon's Heir (pun definitely intended!), especially when it comes to my philosophy of magic in fantasy and why I believe the beta reading process is so important.

Happy reading!

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6 comments:

Anna Ilona Mussmann said...

Sort of related (at least to Arthurian stuff): If you haven't seen this article about the English of various past periods (including Arthur's day), you may enjoy listening to the recordings. I'm sure there's an element of speculation involved, but it's still cool.

http://theweek.com/articles/545166/what-english-shakespeare-beowulf-king-arthur-actually-sounded-like

Suzannah said...

Anna, wow, that is spectacular! From what I've heard, yes, no one really knows for sure how Old English should be pronounced, but that was a spiffing performance...and the Breton is such an interesting aural mix of Welsh and French. Wow!

Joseph Jalsevac said...

Thank you for those interesting articles. You've obviously put a lot of work and thought into your book, and I'm interested to check it out, though I don't read books electronically, ever. There is a print version coming out, is there not? If not I might just have to borrow my sister's Kindle.

I read a very excellent article written by Joseph Pearce summarizing Lewis and Tolkien's opinions on allegory. I highly recommend it: https://www.catholicculture.org/culture/library/view.cfm?recnum=6856

It is very interesting that, outside of the Bible, the book I have found most powerfully packed with profound allegorical meaning, or which seems to lend itself most easily and consistently to 'imaginative applicability' is The Lord of the Rings, which was written by a man who had an avowed dislike of 'allegory'. Pearce's distinction between formal and informal allegory is perhaps the key to the puzzle, as well as the critical point that allegory is intrinsic to the mind, and is not a genre of literature.

Joseph Jalsevac said...

Ah, I just saw your previous post about the paperback version. I must give you quite a thrill to see it in physical book form.

Suzannah said...

Joseph, yes, the paperback is well and truly available at Amazon and CreateSpace! I do hope you enjoy it :).

Kim Marsh said...

You old Romantic you!
Regards Kim

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