Books by Marina Warner

Released: Oct. 2, 2018

"Fertile, probing responses to the transformative power of art."
An eminent scholar and critic collects her essays from 30 years of writing about art. Read full book review >
ONCE UPON A TIME by Marina Warner
Released: Dec. 1, 2014

"Both a beguiling appreciation of and a fascinating tour through faery, this offers riches aplenty for lovers of fantasy fiction, children's literature and the tales themselves."
This literary and cultural history of our engagement with, mostly, European fairy tales may be short, but it is far from slight. Read full book review >
THE LETO BUNDLE by Marina Warner
Released: May 1, 2001

"Pynchon), but her Bundle is alive with quirky inventions, and it's great fun watching her try and fail to pull it all together."
Myths and fairy tales are crucial presences in Warner's cultural histories (No Go the Bogeyman, 1999, etc.) and novels like Indigo (1992), The Lost Father (1989), and her newest: an ambitious, intermittently chaotic reshaping of the classical tale of Leto. Read full book review >
Released: Feb. 14, 1999

"Warner's compelling study of how we deal with fears through stories will be enjoyed equally by cultural historians and by any parent who has observed a child delighted by Beatrix Potter's Roly Poly Pudding or by Sendak's Wild Things."
Warner continues her erudite and entertaining investigation of fairy tales (begun in From the Beast to the Blonde, 1995) in a new study of the pleasure we derive from the fearful figures in tales and songs. Read full book review >
Released: Oct. 1, 1996

"Henriette-Julie de Murat (whose biography one hopes Warner is already at work on)."
Wonder Tales ($22.00; Oct. 1996; 256 pp.; 0-374-29281-7): A lavishly entertaining collection of French fairy tales, dating from the 17th century and including both racy revisions of traditional folk materials and excerpts from long-forgotten romans and romances. Read full book review >
Released: Oct. 5, 1995

"Marvelously energetic cultural criticism."
Fabulous erudition marks this intricate study of the classic tales of wonder. Read full book review >
INDIGO by Marina Warner
Released: Sept. 1, 1992

"Otherwise: too much pretentious profundity and polemical handwringing."
From British writer Warner (The Lost Father, 1989, etc.), an uneven—if politically correct—reinterpretation of The Tempest that's weighed down even further by heavy-handed dollops of magic realism. Read full book review >
THE LOST FATHER by Marina Warner
Released: April 1, 1989

From the author of nonfiction about female symbols (Monuments and Maidens; Alone of All Her Sex; Joan of Arc) and two previous novels (The Skating Party; In A Dark Wood): the imagined history of a southern Italian family up to the present-day generations in England and America; occasionally absorbing but flawed fiction. Read full book review >