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The Magical Worlds of Philip Pullman: A Treasury of Fascinating Facts

Author(s): David Colbert
Publisher: Berkley Books, New York
Publication Date: April, 2006
Format: Paperback, 158 pages
ISBN: 0-425-20790-0

Book Overview

The Magical Worlds of Philip Pullman takes fans on a journey through the worlds of art, science, and religion evoked by Pullman's classic saga. From the philosophy of William Blake and John Milton's classic poem Paradise Lost to quantum physics and the Bible, discover the complex origins and controversial themes that have made Pullman's trilogy a modern marvel in literature.


  • What does the trilogy owe to Paradise Lost?
  • How did William Blake influence Lyra's story?
  • Is Lord Asriel the story's hero?
  • How new are Pullman's ideas?
  • Who gave dæmons to humankind?
  • How shall death die?

Reader Reviews

About the Author

Formerly a head writer of television's Who Wants to Be a Millionaire, and an editorial director of HarperCollins, David Colbert is best known as author of the acclaimed Eyewitness history series. A graduate of Brown University, he studied anthropology and mythology and has spent much of his life in libraries. He lives in the United Kingdom.


Philip Pullman on Maigcal Worlds:

David Colbert's examinations of His Dark Materials is intelligent and perceptive and full of good sense - by which I mean that he's seen many of the things I put there to be seen, and got them in what seems to me the right balance. I don't believe that my own reading of the story is more valuable or authoritative than anyone else's just because I wrote it; but at least I know it fairly well, and I think David Colbert does too, and you can trust what he says about it. What's more, he writes well. This is a good guide.

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