Professor receives posthumous award as co-author of book

November 10, 2017

Mike Levy

A book on children’s literature co-authored by a UW-Stout English professor, who died earlier this year, has received an award.

Mike Levy, 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.

Their award, 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 nominees.

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.

Thank 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.

Their 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.

Levy began 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 other books.

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