Philip Pullman’s His Dark Materials – The Definitive Guide
By Laurie Frost
(Scholastic, 2007; first published by the Fell Press, as The Elements of His Dark Materials, 2006)
Philip’s review: This is a phenomenal piece of work, in which every character, place, theme, and reference in the trilogy is listed and explained in full detail with marvellous accuracy and clarity. The author’s skill and knowledge is extraordinary. As I say on the cover, I can’t recommend it too highly. If I had had this book when I was writing the trilogy, it would have been so much easier.
Darkness Visible: Inside the World of Philip Pullman
A look at the strange world of His Dark Materials and its creator, the sources that have influenced Pullman’s books and the controversy and criticism that he’s attracted. There’s also a who’s who of His Dark Materials and an answer to the exasperating question: What exactly is ‘dust’?
Dark Matter: A Thinking Fan’s Guide to Philip Pullman
Philip Pullman’s His Dark Materials trilogy is rightly acclaimed as a modern classic. Pullman creates alternative worlds that fascinate and delight, and has built up a loyal army of readers. He has been described as the ‘most significant’, but also the ‘most dangerous’ author in Britain. Who is Philip Pullman, and why have his books provoked such a wide variety of strong opinions?
Philip Pullman’s His Dark Materials Trilogy: A Reader’s Guide
The book is divided into five chapters: The Novelist, The Novels, The Novels’ Reception, The Novels’ Performance, and Further Reading and Discussion Questions.
Navigating the Golden Compass: Religion, Science and Daemonology in Philip Pullman’s “His Dark Materials”
A critical investigation of Philip Pullman’s “His Dark Materials Trilogy”, and the insights it offers to today’s world. A UK and American best-seller as well as the basis for a major film to be released in 2007, “His Dark Materials” trilogy is an unusual sort of young adult series: one that appeals to adults as much as (if not more than) to their children thanks to its richly imagined world, rigorously explored cosmology and unflinching confrontation of the modern answers to the Big Questions. The film promises to reignite a firestorm of controversy. Contributors with backgrounds in philosophy, theology, science fiction and children’s literature help readers find their way through Pullman’s trilogy, from the streets of Lyra’s Oxford to Dr. Malone’s lab in our own world, from the republic of Heaven to the harpy-ruled pit of Hell.
“His Dark Materials” Illuminated: Critical Essays on Philip Pullman’s Trilogy
British author Philip Pullman’s celebrated trilogy for young readers, His Dark Materials [Northern Lights/Golden Compass (1995), The Subtle Knife (1997), The Amber Spyglass (2000)], has reached a broad spectrum of readers, from those appreciating his metaphysical imagination and literary depth to those charmed by his suspenseful and emotional storytelling. Pullman’s trilogy is distinguished not only for its narrative and poetic power but also for its awareness of literary tradition. His Dark Materials confronts some of the most urgent dilemmas of our time without suggesting answers but rather a way of meeting them with courage and surviving them with grace. Edited by Millicent Lenzrenowned for her study of Pullman’s workthis is the first book to place His Dark Materials in critical perspective. The fourteen diverse essays within offer literary and historical analysis as well as approaches from such disciplines as theology, storytelling, and linguistics.
Darkness Illuminated: Discussions on Philip Pullman’s His Dark Materials
In a series of entertaining and lively debates Philip Pullman, Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams , director Nicholas Hytner and members of the cast and production team discuss His Dark Materials, the themes of the books and the difficulties of staging the trilogy at the National Theatre.
Philip Pullman, Master Storyteller: A Guide to the Worlds of His Dark Materials
Philip Pullman is one of the most commercially and critically successful British authors of the past decade. With a writing career extending back to the early 1970s, Pullman’s great achievement has been in the publication of the “His Dark Materials” trilogy: “Northern Lights” (1995; US title “The Golden Compass”), “The Subtle Knife” (1997) and “The Amber Spyglass” (2000). With these novels, which have appealed equally to children and to adults, Pullman has carved a space for himself as a writer of moral seriousness, imaginative depth and storytelling virtuosity. Claire Squires’ book is the first comprehensive and authoritative study of this great writer. The focus is on Pullman’s central achievement with “His Dark Materials”, but it also considers his entire oeuvre. Importantly, the book informs readers about the contexts, sources and influences behind the trilogy, and examines the controversies and debates that have surrounded the trilogy and its creator, since its publication.
Shedding Light on His Dark Materials: Exploring Hidden Spiritual Themes in Philip Pullman’s Popular Series
The Elements of “His Dark Materials”: A Guide to Philip Pullman’s Trilogy
The Devil’s Account: Philip Pullman and Christianity
Rayment-Pickard examines the multitude of religious and
mythological themes that run through the His Dark Materials trilogy and the rest of Pullman’s writing, looking at Pullman’s influences and linking
these with Pullman’s own, very critical, view of organized religion.
Killing the Imposter God: Philip Pullman’s Spiritual Imagination in His Dark Materials
Killing the Imposter God explores the complex religious and spiritual dimensions of the best–selling fantasy series. Donna Freitas and Jason King—scholars of religion and popular culture—reveal how humanity′s moral and religious issues play out in Pullman’s literary phenomenon, showing that the trilogy—far from preaching atheism, as many have suggested—actually presents a vision of a universe permeated with divinity and rich with the Christian tradition Pullman himself so publicly rejects. Weaving together critical theory that spans the disciplines of theology, ethics, feminist studies, and philosophy, the authors examine the questions His Dark Materials raises about destruction and salvation, love and redemption, the abuse of power, and the divine—making the case that Pullman the self–professed atheist has created a Christian classic of our times.
Fantasy, Myth and the Measure of Truth: Tales of Pullman, Lewis, Tolkien, MacDonald and Hoffman
This study explores how the ‘high fantasy’ tradition, from Romantic writers to Philip Pullman, has transposed spiritual and moral values, once the prerogative of organized religion, into new myths. It presents an original approach to children’s/fantasy literature – no other study has yet explicitly focused on spirituality and religion in these books, although religion (or lack of) is often discussed in relation to Pullman, C.S. Lewis and Rowling in particular. It discusses well-studied and popular texts (“Harry Potter”, the “His Dark Materials” trilogy and Tolkien’s “Lord of the Rings”) as well as some lesser known works and writers. It also argues that readers are increasingly looking to fantasy literature in place of traditional religion.This book shows how the fantasy tradition culminating in Pullman’s “His Dark Materials” inherits the Romantic quest to transpose spiritual and moral values, once the prerogrative of organized religion, into new myths. Wary both of escapist fantasy and ‘grand narratives’, it explores how stories can generate a new vision.
The Rough Guide to Philip Pullman’s “His Dark Materials”
The Rough Guide to Philip Pullman’s His Dark Materials explores the beguiling world of Philip Pullman’s classic trilogy. The guide covers Pullman’s inspiration from science and literature, including string theory, climate change and dark matter, Milton, Blake and fantasy fiction. The Story and characters are unraveled with insight into the key mysteries and events and how everyone from Lyra Belacqua to the golden monkey demon fit in to the author’s grand design. You’ll find everything from the story behind the filming and cast of the first His Dark Materials film, The Golden Compass to how the Victorian era shaped Pullman’s imagination, with a tour of Oxford’s Exeter College, Geneva (home of the Magisterium), Venice (Cittagazze), and of course where to catch the Northern Lights. Pullman shares his views on religion, and discover what organised religion has to say about his books.Cut threw the darkness and step into another universe with The Rough Guide to Philip Pullman’s His Dark Materials.
The Magical Worlds of Philip Pullman
The Science of Philip Pullman’s His Dark Materials
With an introduction by Philip Pullman, award-winning science writers Mary and John Gribbin reveal how “Pullman’s His Dark Materials” trilogy (“Northern Lights”, “The Subtle Knife” and “The Amber Spyglass”) is rooted in astonishing scientific truth. Drawing on string theory and spacetime, quantum physics and chaos theory, they answer fascinating questions such as: Could parallel worlds like Will’s and Lyra’s really exist? How does the subtle knife cut through anything? Could there be a bomb like the one made with Lyra’s hair? and, of course, What are the Dark Materials?
So You Think You Know “His Dark Materials”
This book contains over 1000 quiz questions based on Philip Pullman’s incredible epic trilogy. A chance for young readers to test their knowledge of Lyra and Will’s adventure through the fantasy worlds of Northern Lights, The Subtle Knife and The Amber Spyglass.
Dark Matters: An Unofficial and Unauthorised Guide to Philip Pullman’s Internationally Bestselling His Dark Materials Trilogy
Inspired by Milton’s “Paradise Lost” and now a major motion picture, Philip Pullman’s “His Dark Materials” trilogy has captured the imagination of children, adults and the critics alike. Now you can understand the symbols of the alethiometer, revisit the stories and chart the history of Lyra’s world in this invaluable companion to the unforgettable novels. With an enlightening biography of Philip Pullman, outlines and analyses of the novels, audio books, stage play and forthcoming movie, a dictionary of key words from Armoured Bear to Zombi, and a history of Lyra’s world, this volume gives crucial further information to all admirers of the timeless books.