Professor receives posthumous award as co-author of book
November 10, 2017
A book on
children’s literature co-authored by a UW-Stout English professor, who died
earlier this year, has received an award.
who passed away in April, and co-author Farah Mendlesohn won a World Fantasy
Award for their book “Children’s Fantasy Literature: An Introduction.” The book
was published in spring 2016 by Cambridge University Press in England.
in the Special Award Professional category, was announced at the World Fantasy
convention in early November in San Antonio, Texas. They were one of five
In her award
acceptance remarks, Mendlesohn said
Levy deserves the credit for initiating the book. “This book was his idea, and
that we should write it together was the result of close to 15 years of
discussion and argument about children's fantasy,” said Mendlesohn, an English professor and department chair at
Anglia Ruskin University in England.
you very much for recognizing what was a labor of love and what I hope will
stand as a testimony to the excellence of Mike Levy’s scholarship and passion
for both children’s literature and fantasy,” she added.
274-page book chronicles the history of
children’s fantasy literature from the 17th century to the present, covering
hundreds of important authors both famous and somewhat forgotten.
They each wrote about half of the book and
provided critical feedback on each other’s writing. Levy earned a Ph.D. in
English while Mendlesohn has a Ph.D. in history. Read more here.
teaching at UW-Stout in 1980 and was chair of the English and philosophy
department for seven years. He also
researched and wrote about science fiction in literature and published three
Bottom: "Children's Fantasy Literature: An Introduction"