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Encyclopedia > Ann Downer

Ann Downer (born Arlington, Virginia, November 28, 1960) is an American writer, principally of fantasy novels for children and young adults, as well as more mainstream short fiction and poetry. She published one young-adult fantasy trilogy in the late 1980s and early 1990s (The Spellkey, The Glass Salamander, and The Books of the Keepers), collected in a revised edition in 1995 as The Spellkey Trilogy. A second series for middle-grade readers, begun in 2003 with the novel Hatching Magic, continues with The Dragon of Never-Was (2006). The Spellkey series is high fantasy, taking place wholly in an invented world and chronicling a classic good-versus-evil story of two foundlings, a stableboy and an ostracized seer. Hatching Magic and its sequel, The Dragon of Never-Was, are contemporary fantasies with elements of time travel. Frequently cited on “What to read while you wait for the next Harry Potter” lists, the series follows a young girl, Theodora Oglethorpe, as she discovers a world of wizardry and magic very different from the world of Hogwarts. While Downer’s books are frequently compared to the work of Patricia A. McKillip and Diana Wynne Jones, she has cited the influence of Ursula LeGuin’s Earthsea books and the Chronicles of Prydain by Lloyd Alexander in shaping her outlook and prose style. Arlington County is a county located in the U.S. state of Virginia (which calls itself a commonwealth), directly across the Potomac River from Washington, DC. By an act of Congress July 9, 1846, the area south of the Potomac was returned to Virginia effective in 1847 As of 2000... Fantasy literature is fantasy in written form. ... Seer has several possible meanings: A fortune teller or prophet The fictional character on the television series Charmed The Seasonal energy efficiency ratio standard for air conditioning appliances This is a disambiguation page — a navigational aid which lists other pages that might otherwise share the same title. ... To meet Wikipedias quality standards, this article or section may require cleanup. ... The Harry Potter books are an immensely popular series of fantasy novels by British writer J. K. Rowling. ... Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry is a fictional school of magic that is the main setting of the Harry Potter series. ... Patricia A. McKillip (February 29, 1948—) is an American author of fantasy and science fiction novels. ... Diana Wynne Jones (born London August 16, 1934) is a British writer, principally of fantasy novels for children and adults, as well as a small amount of non-fiction. ... Cover to 1991 Bantam Books paperback edition of A Wizard of Earthsea, illustrated by John Jude Palencar Earthsea is a fictional realm created by Ursula K. Le Guin for her short story The Word of Unbinding, published in 1964, but that became more famous in her novel A Wizard of... The Chronicles of Prydain is a five volume series of childrens fantasy novels by Lloyd Alexander. ... Book cover of The High King Lloyd Chudley Alexander (born January 30, 1924) is the author of a number of fantasy books for children and adolescents, as well as several adult novels. ...

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Biography

Downer grew up in the Virginia suburbs of Washington, D.C., and lived with her family in Southeast Asia between 1967 and 1972, when her father, a Foreign Service officer, was posted first to Manila and then to Bangkok. While attending Smith College, she interned in the Hampshire Typothetae letterpress of Barry Moser and had a part-time job in the college's rare book room, leading to an interest in typography and rare books that can be traced to details of her book's plots (see Fore-edge painting, miniature books, chained library). Her lifelong interest in natural history led to a job in 1994 at Harvard University Press, where she is a science editor. ... The City of Manila (Filipino: Lungsod ng Maynila), or simply Manila, is the capital of the Philippines. ... The Bangkok Skytrain at sunset on Thanon Narathiwat Ratcha Nakharin with Empire Tower at the back. ... Smith College, located in Northampton, Massachusetts, is the largest womens college in the United States. ... Barry Moser is a renowned artist, most famous as a printmaker and illustrator of numerous works of literature. ... Book collecting is the collecting of books. ... A fore-edge painting is a scene painted on the edges of the pages of a book such that the painting is not visible when the book is closed. ... A chained library is a library where the books are attached to their bookcase by a chain, which is sufficiently long to allow the books to be taken from their shelves and read, but not removed from the library itself. ... The Harvard University Press is a publishing house, a division of Harvard University, that is highly respected in academic publishing. ...


Downer is married to Edward L. Hazell, an editor and writer of jazz criticism. She lives in Somerville, Massachusetts. Settled: 1630 â€“ Incorporated: 1842 Zip Code(s): 02143 â€“ Area Code(s): 617 / 857 Official website: http://www. ...

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Bibliography

Fiction


Spellkey series


The Spellkey [1987], jacket by Caldecott-medal winner David Wiesner, also a U.K. paperback edition from Futura/Macmillan.


The Glass Salamander [1989], jacket by Caldecott-medal winner David Wiesner


The Books of the Keepers [1993]


All three books collected into a paperback omnibus edition, The Spellkey Trilogy, published by Baen Books in 1995. Baen Books is an American publishing company established in 1983 by SF publishing industry long-timer Jim Baen. ...


Hatching Magic series U.S. edition jackets by Omar Rayyan


1. Hatching Magic [2003; Scholastic Book Club selection; translated into German, Dutch, Italian, Portuguese, Polish, Thai, and Spanish; additional languages pending]


2. The Dragon of Never-Was [2006]



Other Fiction


1. “Somnus’s Fair Maid” (short-listed for the James Tiptree Jr. prize), a Regency retelling of the Sleeping Beauty fairy tale, in Black Thorn, White Rose, edited by Terri Windling and Ellen Datlow James Tiptree, Jr (August 24, 1915 – May 19, 1987) was the pen name of science fiction author Alice Sheldon. ... The English Regency, or simply the Regency, is a name given to the period from 1811 to 1820 in the history of England. ... Sir Edward Burne-Jones painted The Sleeping Beauty. ... Terri Windling is an influential fantasy editor, artist, essayist, and author of the novel The Wood Wife (1996), winner of the Mythopoeic Fantasy Award for best novel. ... Ellen Datlow (born 1949) is an American speculative fiction editor and anthologist. ...


2. Short stories and poetry in Gargoyle Magazine in the late 1980s, including excerpts from an unpublished novel.


3. “Bread-and-Butterflies” in Alice Redux [2006], a collection of short fiction inspired by Lewis Carroll and edited by Richard Peabody. Lewis Carroll. ...


Works about Ann Downer


There is an entry on Downer in Something about the Author (Gale Publishing).


In the early 1990s, Downer was a member of a writing group that included the writers Ellen Kushner, Delia Sherman, Greer Gilman, and Pamela Summa. Interviews with the members can be found in Ringel, Faye, "Current Medievalist Writing Groups: Worlds Shared and Unshared." The Year's Work in Medievalism 6 (1991). Ed. Michael Rewa. Holland, Michigan, 1997. Ellen Kushner is an American writer of fantasy novels. ... Delia Sherman (born Tokyo, Japan) is an award-winning fantasy writer and editor. ...

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External links

• Ann Downer official website [1]


• Bibliography on fantasticfiction.co.uk [2]


• Ann Downer at the Internet Speculative Fiction Database [3]


 
 

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