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Faeries: Twenty-fifth Anniversary Editionby Brian Froud and Alan Lee
Synopses & Reviews
A quarter of a century after its initial publication and with well over a million copies in print worldwide, Brian Froud and Alan Lee's Faeries is an unquestioned classic. Filled with amazing illustrations and stories of a world charged with wild beauty, Faeries has literally changed the lives of countless readers who've found themselves mesmerized by the magical realm of the faeries.
Now, the silver anniversary of this extraordinary book is celebrated with an expanded edition featuring marvelous new paintings and sketches by Froud and Lee. The artists have also contributed personal essays describing the creation of the book and revealing how its power has marked their own lives — as it has so many of their readers.
Since the book's initial publication, Froud and Lee have become tremendously successful figures in the worlds of film, art, and publishing, but Faeries remains their most enduring work, a superb exploration of myths, legends, folklore, and fantasy. The detailed study they made of the history of faeries informed the book's exceptional success and draws readers today. Going back to the old sources, they examined myths and legends, sorted fact from fancy, and finally illuminated their findings with over two hundred breathtaking illustrations. Rarely have research and artistry combined to produce so beautiful a result.
The enduring affection of readers is perhaps the most powerful testimony to the impact of Faeries. "This is the most influential book I've ever read," one fan wrote simply. Another declared, "This book is — where are the words to describe it? — magnificent/fabulous/beautiful/moving/terrifying/fantastic..."
Faeries is a feast to revel in, a classic and an endless delight. As Froud observes in his essay, "Such is the power of Faeries!"
205 illustrations, including 167 in full color
"Twenty-five years ago, self-proclaimed 'faery authorities' Froud and Lee published the first edition of their imaginative faery field guide....For the child learning the pleasures of magical worlds, or for adults who never forgot, this book remains a delight." Publishers Weekly
"Fascinating tales and more than 200 extraordinary illustrations....A charming thing." The New York Times Book Review
"The nicest thing that has happened to faeries since Peter Pan." Chicago Times
"A seductive ring of words and bright pictures." Time
"Ethereal portraiture." The Washington Post
"A charming, copiously illustrated compendium of purest fantasy." Houston Post
"Pure fun and fantasy." Chicago Sun-Times
Following in the footsteps of Trolls, Brian and Wendy Froud lead readers deep into the world of faeries. Humans throughout history have always had special relationships and bonds with faeries, whether loving and helpful or at times destructive. This new book explores that complex relationship and the liminal state between the human and faery world where interaction occurs.
In Brian Froudandrsquo;s Faeriesandrsquo; Tales, readers encounter individual faeries, each with a story to uncover, as told by the faeries themselves. Many of the stories are familiar to humans, but the andldquo;trueandrdquo; story is told by the faeries. Similar to the Trolls fragments, the faeriesandrsquo; tales are coupled with portraits and interspersed with drawings and studies of the mysterious and enchanting folk who travel back and forth between the human world and theirs.
A quarter of a century after its initial publication, and with more than a million copies in print worldwide, Brian Froud and Alan Lees Faeries is a certified fantasy classic. Now, Froud and Lee return to their most enduring and beloved work in this deluxe anniversary edition. This ultimate collectors book features eight new pieces of art by Froud and Lee with the original pencil drawings and watercolors.
More than just a reissue, this deluxe revised and updated edition contains essays from both Froud and Lee on the continuing influence of Faeries. There is also a foreword by bestselling author Jane Yolen.
About the Author
Brian Froud is an illustrator, author, film designer, and faery authority. In addition to Faeries, his books include Lady Cottington's Pressed Faery Book, with Monty Python's Terry Jones, Good Faeries / Bad Faeries, and The Faeries' Oracle. He also served as the conceptual designer on two of Jim Henson's films, The Dark Crystal and Labyrinth.
Alan Lee is an illustrator of myths, legends, and fantasy, as well as an author, film designer, and faery authority. Best known as the illustrator of Tolkien's Middle Earth books, he also did the watercolors for a centenary edition of Tolkien's The Lord of the Rings. Lee worked on the films Legend and Eric the Viking. He is currently a Conceptual Designer on the Lord of the Rings film trilogy.
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