The Purpose of Fantasy looks at the core spiritual values of a dozen beloved fantasy books. With an introduction about fantasy literature in general, it examines a key purpose of fantasy: to ask spiritual or philosophical questions and explore creative approaches to matters of faith and belief, good and bad, right and wrong, and other deeply held, intangible values.
With its succinct discussion of twelve great books, from classics like The Little Prince and The Wind in the Willows to more contemporary novels by modern masters of fantasy like Ursula K. Le Guin, Neil Gaiman, Peter S. Beagle, and Natalie Babbitt, this book offers good ideas for literary book clubs or for individual reading and insight.
Philip Martin is editor of many books of advice for authors. Previously acquisitions editor for The Writer Books, he has also authored A Guide to Fantasy Literature and How To Write Your Best Story, as well as a number of books on traditional culture. He lives in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, where he directs Great Lakes Literary, offering editorial services and websites for authors.