Encyclopedia of Fantasy (1997)
Brooke, William J

(1946-    ) US writer who has specialized almost exclusively in the production of retold versions of Fairytales for YA audiences, in the mode of the Revisionist Fantasy or the Twice-Told tale, or combinations of both, sometimes with a distorting effect on the material. His collections are A Telling of the Tales (coll 1990), Untold Tales (coll 1992), and Teller of Tales (coll 1994). A Brush with Magic (1993), which retells a Chinese story, exhibits the same faults and virtues in presenting the tale of a young Chinese orphan capable of bringing things to life by painting them (see also Chinoiserie). [JC]

William J Brooke


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