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Macmillan Higher Education Palgrave Higher Education

The Magic of Writing

ISBN 9781137607973
Publication Date October 2018
Formats Paperback Hardcover Ebook 
Publisher Palgrave

From Oedipus to J.K. Rowling, the history of literature is inextricably bound up with magic and magical ideas. Both magic and writing are concerned with finding hidden forces and meanings, and inspiration is at the heart of both. This book will show readers how magic can be used as a tool to generate creativity, and will inspire them to take risks in their own writing. With exercises in each chapter, this is a unique, serious and practical book for aspiring writers.

Adrian May is Lecturer in Creative Writing at the University of Essex and is the author of Myth and Creative Writing: The Self-Renewing Song (2011)

Introduction: Magic and Literature
1. Magic is a Dirty Word
2. Meeting the Magician
3. Magic Words
4. How to Make A Poet
5. Magic Portals
6. Tricksters
7. The Tarot
8. The I Ching
9. The Magic Nine
10. Gurdjieff & Colin Wilson
11. Yeats' Apparatus
12. Shakespeare's Magic England
13. Faust: You Are the Lucky Fist
The Lost Fairies
15. Childe Roland
16. Magical Animals
17. Love and Magic
18. Magic and Endings
Postscript: Magic and the Future.


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