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Re: King of Shadows
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 11.0177  Thursday, 27 January 2000.

From:           Ellen Steiber <
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Date:           Wednesday, 26 Jan 2000 11:26:57 -0500
Subject: Re: King of Shadows
Comment:        SHK 11.01258 Re: King of Shadows

First of all, a belated thank you to Paul Swanson for the very apt and
lovely quote from The Tempest.   Yes, that's very close to what I felt
when I finished the Susan Cooper book.   Trust Shakespeare to put it so

I'd also like to let the members of the list know about another
children's book with delightful allusions to MSND:  A Midsummer Night's
Faery Tale by Wendy Froud and Terri Windling, recently published by
Simon & Schuster.  This photographic picture book is based on the dolls
of Wendy Froud.  Wendy began working with the im Henson studio years
ago, created Yoda for *Star Wars,* as well as  characters for the films
The Dark Crystal and Labrynith and has gone on to become a widely
exhibited sculptor and doll-maker.   Here her creatures-trolls, faeries,
goblins, and spirits of the wood-are perfectly matched by Terri
Windling's story of a young faery named Sneezle who wants desperately to
be part of the faeries' annual Midsummer Night's Eve revels. Terri, a
five-time winner of the The World Fantasy Award and a folklorist draws
on faery and Celtic folk tales for a gentle, lyrical story.

Although this is not a re-telling of MSND, Titania and Oberon feature
prominently in the plot, there is one quote from the play, and a
humorous reference to the Bard.

For those who'd like a preview of the art in the book, you can check out
the Froud's website:

And there's more information both on the Frouds and the book itself on
Terri Windling's Endicott Studio website:

With best wishes,
Ellen Steiber

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