Born: 19 October 1946
Birthplace: Norwich, England
Best known as: The author of the His Dark Materials trilogy
A part-time lecturer on literature, Philip Pullman wrote the children's books The Ruby in the Smoke (1988) and The Firework-Maker's Daughters (1996), but is more widely known for the His Dark Materials trilogy of novels. Although they are frequently called fantasy books, Pullman has described his William Blake-inspired epic tale of innocence and experience as one of "stark reality." The books in the trilogy are Northern Lights (1995, also called The Golden Compass), The Subtle Knife (1997) and The Amber Spyglass (2000).
Extra credit: The Golden Compass was made into the 2007 movie starring Nicole Kidman and Daniel Craig... Pullman has been known to refer C. S. Lewis' The Chronicles of Narnia as "nauseating drivel."
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