Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell

Author: Susanna Clarke

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing


Category: Fiction

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The woman within the mirror drew nearer. For a moment she appeared directly behind it and they could see the elaborate embroidery and beading of her gown; then she mounted up upon the frame as a step. The surface of the mirror became softer, like a dense cloud or mist. Centuries have passed since practical magicians faded into England's past. Only one remains: the reclusive Mr Norrell, whose magical powers – of conjuring, misdirection and resurrection – send a thrill through the country. But cautious, fussy Norrell is challenged by the emergence of the brilliant Jonathan Strange. Young, handsome and daring, Strange is the antithesis of Norrell. And so begins a dangerous battle between two great men whose obsessions and dabblings with the dark arts will cause more trouble than they can possibly imagine.

Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell

Author: Susanna Clarke

Publisher: Bloomsbury Paperbacks


Category: Fairies

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Susanna Clarke's novel is an epic tale of nineteenth-century England and the two magicians who emerge to change its history. In the year 1806, in the midst of the Napoleonic Wars, most people believe magic to have long since disappeared from England - until the reclusive Mr Norrell reveals his powers and becomes a celebrity overnight. Another practising magician emerges- the young and daring Jonathan Strange. He becomes Norrell's pupil and the two join forces in the war against France. But Strange is increasingly drawn to the wildest, most perilous forms of magic and soon he risks sacrificing not only his partnership with Norrell, but everything else he holds dear.

The Role of History in Susanna Clarke's "Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell"

Author: Arite Keller

Publisher: GRIN Verlag


Category: Literary Criticism

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Bachelor Thesis from the year 2014 in the subject English Language and Literature Studies - Literature, grade: 1,7, University of Leipzig (Institut für Anglistik), language: English, abstract: One of the first academic publications on the first novel by Susanna Clarke. In the text, I discuss the role and function of history in 'Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell', taking a postmodernist perspective on the concept of history.

British Alternate History Novels

Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell, British Empire in Fiction, Anno Dracula Series, the Time Ships

Author: Source: Wikipedia

Publisher: Books LLC, Wiki Series



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Please note that the content of this book primarily consists of articles available from Wikipedia or other free sources online. Commentary (novels not included). Pages: 36. Chapters: Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell, British Empire in fiction, Anno Dracula series, The Time Ships, The Difference Engine, Bartimaeus, The Wolves of Willoughby Chase, The Bloody Red Baron, Gloriana, Warlord of the Air, The Land Leviathan, A Nomad of the Time Streams, Anti-Ice, The Separation, Romanitas, Is Underground, Rome Burning, The Steel Tsar, Black Hearts in Battersea, The Stolen Lake, Headlong, Mothstorm. Excerpt: Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell is the first novel by British writer Susanna Clarke. An alternative history set in 19th-century England around the time of the Napoleonic Wars, it is based on the premise that magic once existed in England and has returned with two men: Gilbert Norrell and Jonathan Strange. Centering on the relationship between these two men, the novel investigates the nature of "Englishness" and the boundary between reason and madness. It has been described as a fantasy novel, an alternative history, and a historical novel. The narrative draws on various Romantic literary traditions, such as the comedy of manners, the Gothic tale, and the Byronic hero. The novel's language is a pastiche of 19th-century writing styles, such as those of Jane Austen and Charles Dickens. Clarke describes the supernatural with mundane details. She supplements the text with almost 200 footnotes, outlining the backstory and an entire fictional corpus of magical scholarship. Clarke began writing Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell in 1993; ten years later she submitted the manuscript for publication. It was accepted by Bloomsbury and published in September 2004, with illustrations by Portia Rosenberg. Bloomsbury was so sure of its success that they printed 250,000 hardcover copies. The novel was well-received by critics and reached number three on the New York Times bestseller list. It w...

2004 Novels (Book Guide)

Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell, State of Fear, The Tatami Galaxy, Skinny Dip, The Looking Glass Wars, To Light a Candle, Cryptid Hunters, The Supernaturalist, Skeletons on the Zahara, Dies the Fire, Phallos, Suite Française

Author: Source: Wikipedia

Publisher: Books LLC, Wiki Series


Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 386

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Please note that the content of this book primarily consists of articles available from Wikipedia or other free sources online. Commentary (novels not included). Pages: 384. Chapters: Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell, State of Fear, The Tatami Galaxy, Skinny Dip, The Looking Glass Wars, To Light a Candle, Cryptid Hunters, The Supernaturalist, Skeletons on the Zahara, Dies the Fire, Phallos, Suite fran aise, The Piratica Series, Peter and the Starcatchers, The Line of Beauty, Nature Girl, Crossing the Line, Dune: The Battle of Corrin, The Myst Reader, 2666, Five Point Someone - What not to do at IIT!, A Planet for the President, City of Pearl, My Name Is Legion, Seduced by Moonlight, Wolf Brother, The Queen's Fool, Child of the Dark Prophecy, Finding Cassie Crazy, Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell, Curse of the Blue Tattoo, The Riddle, Adrian Mole and the Weapons of Mass Destruction, Freehold, The Star of Kazan, The Reckoning, The Truth About Forever, Scream of the Shalka, The Confusion, Isle of Canes, The Golem's Eye, Gregor and the Prophecy of Bane, Santa Esperanza, The Swarm, Iron Council, Weapons of Choice, Industrial Magic, I Am Charlotte Simmons, Cloud Atlas, Enna Burning, The Recruit, The Rule of Four, My Sister's Keeper, War Trash, Death or Glory, How I Paid for College: A Novel of Sex, Theft, Friendship, and Musical Theater, The Last Light of the Sun, The Magicians' Guild, Incubus Dreams, Shadowmarch, Homeward Bound, White, The Indestructible Man, Perfekcyjna niedoskona o, The Ruins of Gorlan, The Darkness That Comes Before, The Runes of the Earth, Red, Retribution, The Death of Kings, Dime Store Magic, The Bourne Legacy, How I Became Stupid, Demons of Chitrakut, Kingdom of the Golden Dragon, The Grim Grotto, River of Gods, The Dark Tower VII: The Dark Tower, The Shadow of Saganami, Wolves Eat Dogs, Gilead, Apocalypse, Birth of an Age, The Dark Tower VI: Song of Susannah, The Final Unfinished Voyage of Jack Aubrey, Radiant, Let the Right One In, Amber and Ashes, ...

The Ladies of Grace Adieu

and Other Stories

Author: Susanna Clarke

Publisher: A&C Black


Category: Fiction

Page: 256

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From the world of Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell, the major BBC production. Faerie is never as far away as you think. Sometimes you find you have crossed an invisible line and must cope, as best you can, with petulant princesses, vengeful owls, ladies who pass their time embroidering terrible fates or with endless paths in deep, dark woods and houses that never appear the same way twice. The heroines and heroes bedevilled by such problems in these fairy tales include a conceited Regency clergyman, an eighteenth-century Jewish doctor and Mary, Queen of Scots, as well as two characters from Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell: Strange himself and the Raven King.

A Reader's Book of Days: True Tales from the Lives and Works of Writers for Every Day of the Year

Author: Tom Nissley

Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company


Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 416

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A witty and addictively readable day-by-day literary companion. At once a love letter to literature and a charming guide to the books most worth reading, A Reader's Book of Days features bite-size accounts of events in the lives of great authors for every day of the year. Here is Marcel Proust starting In Search of Lost Time and Virginia Woolf scribbling in the margin of her own writing, "Is it nonsense, or is it brilliance?" Fictional events that take place within beloved books are also included: the birth of Harry Potter’s enemy Draco Malfoy, the blood-soaked prom in Stephen King’s Carrie. A Reader's Book of Days is filled with memorable and surprising tales from the lives and works of Martin Amis, Jane Austen, James Baldwin, Roberto Bolano, the Brontë sisters, Junot Díaz, Philip K. Dick, Charles Dickens, Joan Didion, F. Scott Fitzgerald, John Keats, Hilary Mantel, Haruki Murakami, Flannery O’Connor, Orhan Pamuk, George Plimpton, Marilynne Robinson, W. G. Sebald, Dr. Seuss, Zadie Smith, Susan Sontag, Hunter S. Thompson, Leo Tolstoy, David Foster Wallace, and many more. The book also notes the days on which famous authors were born and died; it includes lists of recommended reading for every month of the year as well as snippets from book reviews as they appeared across literary history; and throughout there are wry illustrations by acclaimed artist Joanna Neborsky. Brimming with nearly 2,000 stories, A Reader's Book of Days will have readers of every stripe reaching for their favorite books and discovering new ones.

The House on Durrow Street

Author: Galen Beckett

Publisher: Spectra


Category: Fiction

Page: 704

View: 972

“A charming and mannered fantasy confection with a darker core of gothic romance” is how New York Times bestselling author Robin Hobb described Galen Beckett’s marvelous series opener, The Magicians and Mrs. Quent. Now Beckett returns to this world of dazzling magick and refined manners, where one extraordinary woman’s choice will put the fate of a nation—and all she cherishes—into precarious balance. Her courage saved the country of Altania and earned the love of a hero of the realm. Now sensible Ivy Quent wants only to turn her father’s sprawling, mysterious house into a proper home. But soon she is swept into fashionable society’s highest circles of power—a world that is vital to her family’s future but replete with perilous temptations. Yet far greater danger lies beyond the city’s glittering ballrooms—and Ivy must race to unlock the secrets that lie within the old house on Durrow Street before outlaw magicians and an ancient ravening force plunge Altania into darkness forever. From the Trade Paperback edition.