Editions of The Amber Spyglass by Philip Pullman
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Lyra is a young girl who inhabits a universe parallel to our own. Brought up in the cloistered world of Jordan College, Oxford , she finds herself embroiled in a cosmic war between Lord Asriel on the one side, and the first angel to come into being, called The Authority , and his Regent, called Metatron , on the other. Lyra Belacqua, aged around eleven at the beginning of the trilogy, is the daughter of Lord Asriel and Marisa Coulter in a fictional Oxford, similar to our own. She was brought up at Jordan College, where the scholars, professors and servants treat her as an adopted daughter. She was raised believing that her parents had died in an airship crash, and that Lord Asriel was her uncle, and later learned the truth from John Faa , leader of the Gyptians. Lyra spends much of her time socialising with other children of the city, sometimes harmoniously, frequently mock-violently, and often in order to avoid schoolwork.
The greatest thing has happened this morning. I then actually opened the article and went on a journey of emotions with my hand over chest like a shocked aristocratic woman, tears welling up in my eyes and not breathing as I read. It was all terribly dramatic but I was so excited. We knew already that it was originally going to be years after the end of The Amber Spyglass , but Pullman has said there will also be one from when Lyra was a baby. The first volume is due out 19th October and runs parallel to HDM. With Lyra the focus of the first two volumes, volume three is going to be entirely new again and I know is going to be all kinds of wonderful. Oh my goodness, this new trilogy is going to break my heart I know it.
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Margaret Kean Helen Gardner Fellow in English, St Hilda's College, University of Oxford discusses how Pullman has rooted his story in physical objects and encouraged current younger readers to encounter the material world around them. She will also explore how Pullman plays with the idea of communication across different media in his trilogy, and will touch on the author's recent incorporation of the technology of 'lantern slides' into later editions of 'His Dark Materials'. This talk was part of an event exploring the work of celebrated Oxford storytellers Lewis Carroll, J. Tolkien and Philip Pullman and how their stories have been reimagined using a range of digital media. The University of Oxford is home to an impressive range and depth of research activities in the Humanities. TORCH The Oxford Research Centre in the Humanities is a major new initiative that seeks to build on this heritage and to stimulate and support research that transcends disciplinary and institutional boundaries.