Illustrated Edition of Fouque's "The Magic Ring"
I wanted to alert folks on the listserv to a new book
that will be published by Valancourt Books in March.
It is an illustrated edition of Fouque's masterpiece
"The Magic Ring". This epic chivalric and Gothic
adventure/romance, which includes moral peril and clashes
between its Christian protagonists and non-Christian pagan
and Muslim warriors, lost favour in the 20th century, I
believe, because of its clear moral compass and Christian
"The Magic Ring" is believed to have been an influence on
J.R.R. Tolkien's writings as it was on those of George
MacDonald, and this new edition features over 40 full page
B&W illustrations, making it far more accessible to younger
readers as well as to adults (a previous edition, also by
Valancourt, was published in 2006, but had a decidedly more
scholarly look and feel to it).
To learn more and to find out about price and availability,
you can become a fan on the Facebook page for the book at:
P.S. Full disclosure requires that I admit that I illustrated
this edition of "The Magic Ring", but it was a delight and a
privilege to do so, and I sincerely hope folks here enjoy the
results! You can see more of my other work (than anyone would
likely ever wish to ;-) at:
- And of course George MacDonald's brief answer to the question "What is a fairy-tale?" was "Read 'Undine'" (in "The Fantastic Imagination," I believe).