Marina Warner

Standard Name: Warner, Marina
Birth Name: Marina Sarah Warner
MW has produced countless articles, book introductions and reviews, twelve non-fictional monographs, two volumes of short stories, half-a dozen children's books, and five novels. She has also written books about artists, art exhibition catalogues, opera librettos, and screenplays for film and television. Her work is consistently framed by a cultural studies and historical perspective, and much of her fiction is inflected by myth or fairy tale. She has produced carefully researched, non-fiction studies of legendary or actual female icons such as the Virgin Mary and Joan of Arc, and scholarly explorations of public monuments, fairy stories, and monsters. Warner's novels portray relations between family members in crisis, set against a dense background of history and myth. Her books have been translated into many languages and have won her many awards.


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Anthologization A. S. Byatt
In the same year as this collection, 1994, ASB contributed a story, The Great Green Worm translated from Marie-Catherine d'Aulnoy , to Wonder Tales: Six Stories of Enchantment, edited by Marina Warner .
“Dictionary of Literary Biography online”. Gale Databases: Literature Resource Center-LRC.
Cultural formation Mildred Cable
The issue of MC 's sexuality is discussed by Marina Warner in her introduction to The Gobi Desert, 1942. Lesbian, Warner writes, is the wrong label for the type that Mildred Cable and...
Cultural formation Sally Purcell
Although in her student days she practised witchy activities like casting spells, she was, says Marina Warner (the recipient of an unsuccessful spell to cure a painful unrequited love), a quietly practising Catholic most of...
Education Sally Purcell
Her editor Peter Jay notes that she herself always insisted on the spelling Mediaeval. While seriously involved in the university Poetry Society and beginning to write and publish, she also posed nude for a...
Education Ali Smith
Of all the experiences in her university career, AS specifically names readings at Aberdeen by eminent Scottish writers Alasdair Gray , Jim Kelman , and Liz Lochhead as having the kind of vibrancy that splits...
Family and Intimate relationships Mildred Cable
MC had suffered a great disappointment in her personal life before she left England for China, in the ending of an attachment she had to someone who was also planning to work in the mission...
Family and Intimate relationships Leonora Carrington
At this time Ernst was leading member of the Surrealist movement and identified by André Breton as the most magnificently haunted brain of our times.
Warner, Marina, and Leonora Carrington. “Introduction”. Down Below, New York Review of Books, p. vii - xxxvii.
He was also married. Twenty-six years younger than Ernst,...
Friends, Associates Sally Purcell
Her friends included many other writers: Marina Warner , Alasdair Clayre , Peter Levi , John Wain and his wife Eirian , and Simon King .
Warner, Marina, and Sally Purcell. “Preface”. Collected Poems, edited by Peter Jay and Peter Jay, Anvil Press Poetry, pp. 15-18.
Jay, Peter, and Sally Purcell. “Foreword and Note on the Text”. Collected Poems, edited by Peter Jay and Peter Jay, Anvil Press Poetry, pp. 19-24.
Friends, Associates Leonora Carrington
Between 1986 and 1988 LC met frequently with author Marina Warner . At the time, Warner was working on a script about the artist for a film that did not come to fruition but she...
Literary responses Leonora Carrington
In her 2017 assessment Marina Warner likens the text, as a testament to the horrors of psychosis and convulsive drug therapy that is split between visionary illumination and profound psychological distress, to such writing as...
Literary responses Mildred Cable
Marina Warner , in her introduction to the Beacon/Virago edition, notes the foundational issues which MC omits to address, such as reasons behind Boxer xenophobia,
Warner, Marina et al. “Introduction”. The Gobi Desert, Beacon Press, p. xi - xxi.
or Christianity's subversion of Confucian ideals. She praises the...
Literary responses Mildred Cable
The book is, according to Marina Warner , written in the same simple, sickly, edifying style that is found in most works by Cable and French, except for their travel literature.
Warner, Marina et al. “Introduction”. The Gobi Desert, Beacon Press, p. xi - xxi.
Literary responses Sally Purcell
Marina Warner writes that Purcell's Robert Kirk magicks the mythical beast into being as a . . . Victorian naturalist's proof, while the poem itself is a fragment, hinting as a fossil does at the...
Literary responses Sally Purcell
Summing up her oeuvre a few years after her early death, Purcell's editor Peter Jay wrote of her questing vision, her psychological and spiritual accuracy, her attention to language, and her unique personal music...
Literary responses Jean Rhys
Initial reviewers, for example Marina Warner , pointed out that the book was not a formal autobiography, but rather afforded glimpses of the real world of JR 's fictional heroines. Warner concurs with Rhys's opinion...


11 October 1819: The Theatre Royal, Bury St Edmunds, owned...

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11 October 1819

The Theatre Royal , Bury St Edmunds, owned by its architect, William Wilkins , opened as a state-of-the-art modern theatre.

1 January 1916: The British edition of Vogue (an American...

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1 January 1916

The British edition of Vogue (an American fashion magazine) began publishing from Condé Nast in Hanover Square, London.

25 January 1952: An incident between the British army and...

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25 January 1952

An incident between the British army and Egyptian police on the Suez Canal led to riots in Cairo.

June 1972: Bombs dropped on a Vietnamese village called...

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June 1972

Bombs dropped on a Vietnamese village called Trang Bang killed or maimed a number of civilians. The episode was captured on film, famously including images of a young girl, Kim Phuc , running naked with...

: In London the Association for the Teaching...

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In London the Association for the Teaching of Caribbean, African, Asian and Associated Literatures launched a literary magazine Wasafiri: the ATCAL Journal, edited by Susheila Nasta .


Warner, Marina, and Leonora Carrington. The Seventh Horse and Other Stories, Virago, 1989, p. n.p.
Warner, Marina. Alone of All Her Sex: The Myth and Cult of the Virgin Mary. Weidenfeld and Nicolson, 1976.
Warner, Marina. “Be My Baby”. Serious Hysterics, edited by Alison Fell, Serpent’s Tail, 1992, pp. 36-51.
Warner, Marina. “Best holiday reads 2017, picked by writers—part two”. The Observer.
Warner, Marina. “Between the Colonist and the Creole: Family Bonds, Family Boundaries”. Unbecoming Daughters of the Empire, edited by Shirley Chew and Anna Rutherford, Dangaroo Press, 1993, pp. 198-04.
Purcell, Sally, and Marina Warner. Collected Poems. Editor Jay, Peter, Anvil Press Poetry, 2002.
Warner, Marina. “Diary”. London Review of Books, Vol.
, No. 17, pp. 42-3.
Warner, Marina. “Diary”. London Review of Books, Vol.
, No. 22, pp. 37-9.
Carrington, Leonora, and Marina Warner. Down Below. New York Review of Books, 2017.
Warner, Marina. “Everybody’s Joan”. London Review of Books, Vol.
, No. 23, pp. 11-14.
Warner, Marina. Fantastic Metamorphoses, Other Worlds. Oxford University Press, 2002.
Warner, Marina. Fly Away Home. Stories. Salt, 2015.
Warner, Marina. From the Beast to the Blonde: On Fairy Tales and their Tellers. Chatto and Windus, 1994.
Warner, Marina. In a Dark Wood. Weidenfeld and Nicolson, 1977.
Warner, Marina. Indigo; or, Mapping the Waters. Chatto and Windus, 1992.
Warner, Marina. Into the Dangerous World: Some Reflections on Childhood and its Costs. Chatto and Windus, 1989.
Warner, Marina. “Into Thin Air”. London Review of Books, pp. 14-16.
Warner, Marina et al. “Introduction”. The Gobi Desert, Beacon Press, 1987, p. xi - xxi.
Warner, Marina. “Introduction”. The Second Virago Book of Fairy Tales, edited by Angela Carter, Virago, 1993, p. ix - xvii.
Warner, Marina, and Leonora Carrington. “Introduction”. Down Below, New York Review of Books, 2017, p. vii - xxxvii.
Warner, Marina. Joan of Arc: The Image of Female Heroism. Weidenfeld and Nicolson, 1981.
Warner, Marina. L’Atalante. British Film Institute, 1993.
Warner, Marina. “Learning my Lesson”. London Review of Books, Vol.
, No. 6, pp. 8-14.
Warner, Marina. “Leto’s Flight”. Ovid Metamorphosed, edited by Philip Terry, Chatto and Windus, 2000, pp. 160-82.
Warner, Marina. Managing Monsters: Six Myths of Our Time. Vintage, 1994.