145. How Did Edmund Spenser’s ‘The Faerie Queene’ Shape Christian Fantasy? | with Rebecca K. Reynolds
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Long ago, before C. S. Lewis or J. R. R. Tolkien, and before even George MacDonald or G. K. Chesterton … lived another fantasy writer, British poet Edmund Spenser. In the 1590s his epic adventure was published in six books. It’s an epic fantasy allegorical poem, written in nine-line stanzas, involving phrases like “iambic pentameter” and other incredible facts we need explained by a literature expert! So in this episode we’ll be joined by Rebecca K. Reynolds, classic literature educator, audiobook narrator, and editorial director for Oasis Family Media. She will introduce us to a long-forgotten classic being given new life: The Faerie Queene.
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Introducing author and teacher Rebecca K. Reynolds
Rebecca K. Reynolds is the editorial director of Oasis Family Media and Sky Turtle Press. She is the author of a text-faithful prose rendering of Edmund Spenser’s 1590s epic poem The Faerie Queene and of Courage, Dear Heart by Nav Press. Rebecca is a longtime member of the Rabbit Room and she has spoken at Hutchmoot both in the US and the UK. She taught high school literature for seven years and has written lyrics for Ron Block of Alison Krauss, Union Station.
1. What led you to teaching about these famous books and recording audio versions?
- How did you get from teaching literature to writing songs and more?
- Have you read over sixty audiobooks for Oasis Audio, per the website?
2. Why do you love Edmund Spenser’s classic fantasy poem The Faerie Queene?
- How did you discover The Faerie Queene?
- What prevents more people from reading this classic?
- What’s this about a new ending for book 3?
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3. When will this new edition release, then what’s next from Sky Turtle?
- What’s the purpose of founding Sky Turtle Press?
- How did these creators decide to start with The Faerie Queene?
- Where could The Faerie Queene lead to the future of this publisher?
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