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The Christians and the Pagans Sat Together at the Stone Table

One thing you’ll almost certainly notice in the Chronicles of Narnia is that, for a Christian series, there are a lot of beings from pagan mythology hanging out there. In addition to all the nymphs and fauns, there are wood-gods … Continue reading

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The Other Potter in Children’s Literature

It turns out that Beatrix Potter’s birthday was yesterday, as she was born on 28 July 1866. It’s been a long time since I read anything of Potter’s, but I do remember Peter Rabbit and some of her other creations … Continue reading

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Duchess, Duchess, Duchess, Put All the Love Back in Me

When Charles Dodgson (better known by his pseudonym Lewis Carroll) expanded his original Alice’s Adventures Under Ground manuscript for publication as Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, he added some characters who have become quite famous, including the Cheshire Cat, the Mad … Continue reading

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Susan Goes to Hell: The Final Chronicle

In The Natural History of Make-Believe, John Goldthwaite has a lot to say about the Chronicles of Narnia, very little of it good. One thing he mentions is the “summary damnation of Susan,” which is indeed troublesome, although I have … Continue reading

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Sweet Escape

The Natural History of Make-Believe: A Guide to the Principal Works of Britain, Europe, and America, by John Goldthwaite – This book was a Christmas gift from Tavie, but I don’t know if she’s read it. I have to say … Continue reading

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