Rosemary Sutcliff “just below Tolkien” says author K V Johansen

Comments on Rosemary Sutcliff by Canadian fantasy author K V Johansen

Of historical novelist and children’s writer Rosemary Sutcliff, Canadian K V Johansen (author of The Warlocks of Talverdin books) has posted (via the You Write! tab):

You asked for mentions of other material on Sutcliff. I talked about her a bit in the chapter on retellings of the Arthurian and Robin Hood legends in my book on the history of children’s fantasy literature, Quests and Kingdoms (2005). Managed to sneak in some mention of her Romans, too, via The Lantern Bearers and Sword at Sunset. I think Rosemary Sutcliff is up there just below Tolkien in the “what shaped my deepest imagination and why I’m a writer writing the kinds of things I write” list.

Of this website for Rosemary Sutcliff she kindly said 

This is a wonderfully thorough site, Anthony. At a time when libraries are weeding all the twentieth century classics because children allegedly won’t (or can’t) read them, it’s important for someone to be pointing out why great books go on being great, the influence they’ve had on readers and writers, and the impact they are still having on young readers. (Mind you, all the weeding makes it easier to find used copies of favourites missing from the personal collection.)

Author: Anthony Lawton

Chair, Sussex Dolphin, family company which looks after the work of eminent children’s & historical fiction author Rosemary Sutcliff (1920-92). Formerly CEO, chair & trustee of various charity, cultural & educational enterprises in UK.

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