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  • Published: 1 February 2011
  • ISBN: 9781409020752
  • Imprint: Vintage Digital
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 448

No Go the Bogeyman

Scaring, Lulling and Making Mock

Exciting, enthralling, gorgeously illustrated and groundbreaking new book from Marina Warner - follows her success with FROM THE BEAST TO THE BLONDE with a tour de force on bogeymen, ogres and other fearful figures of our imagination.

Ogres and giants, bogeymen and bugaboos embody some of our deepest fears, dominating popular fiction, from tales such as 'Jack the Giant Killer' to the cannibal monster Hannibal Lecter, from the Titans of Greek mythology to the dinosaurs of JURASSIC PARK, from Frankenstein TO MEN IN BLACK. Following her brilliant study of fairy tales, FROM THE BEAST TO THE BLONDE, Marina Warner's rich, enthralling new book explores the ever increasing presence of such figures of male terror, and the strategems we invent to allay the monsters we conjure up -from horror stories to lullabies and jokes. Travelling from ogres to cradle songs, from bananas to cannibals, Warner traces the roots of our commonest anxieties, unravelling with vigorous intelligence, creative originality and relish, the myths and fears which define our sensibilites. Illustrated with a wealth of images - from the beautiful and the bizarre to the downright scary -this is a tour de force of scholarship and imagination.

  • Pub date: 1 February 2011
  • ISBN: 9781409020752
  • Imprint: Vintage Digital
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 448

About the Author

Marina Warner

Marina Warner spent her early years in Cairo, and was educated at a convent in Berkshire, and then in Brussels and London, before studying modern languages at Oxford. She is an internationally acclaimed cultural historian, critic, novelist and short story writer. Her non-fiction works include The Beast to the Blonde, No Go the Bogeyman, Fantastic Metamorphoses and Stranger Magic, while her fiction includes the novels The Lost Father (shortlisted for the Booker Prize), Indigo and The Leto Bundle, and short story collections including Murderers I Have Known. She lectures widely in Europe, the United States and the Middle East and was appointed CBE in 2008.

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Praise for No Go the Bogeyman

“She is a terrific writer and an original scholar”

Daily Telegraph

“A distinguished biographer of myths and archaeologist of ideas”


“Just like the tale-tellers she celebrates... she's a weaver of enchantments, each sentence a silken knot charming you further into her web of meanings”

Independent on Sunday

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