Diana Wynne Jones

Diana Wynne Jones was the author of a large number of wonderfully creative children’s fantasy novels; she died last weekend. It seems impossible to read anything about her that doesn’t implicitly describe her as J. K. Rowling without the fame; her books are really wonderful. I reread “Howl’s Moving Castle” after seeing the movie (which was visually brilliant but incomprehensible), and it stands up quite well to an adult reading. I just learned that she wrote another of the Chrestomanci series some years after I devoured them all (borrowed from the Brooklyn Public Library), so I’ll have to go find myself a copy. Also, “The Tough Guide to Fantasyland” sounds fascinating.

See also the Times obituary and some remarks at Crooked Timber.

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