Wednesday, January 05, 2005

Humphrey Carpenter

Author Humphrey Carpenter has died. He wrote the Mr Majeika children's books but is best know in our house for his biographies of C.S. Lewis and J.R.R. Tolkien. He is also known for the Oxford Companion to Children's Literature. BBC News has a nice tribute to him.
In an interview, Carpenter once said: "The nice thing about being a writer is that you can make magic happen without learning tricks.

"Words are the only tricks you need. I can write: 'He floated up to the ceiling, and a baby rabbit came out of his pocket, grew wings, and flew away.' And you will believe that it really happened. That's magic, isn't it?"
Obit from The Times

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