Marina Warner

Marina Warner is a writer of fiction, criticism and history; her works include novels and short stories as well as studies of art, myths, symbols and fairytales.
“My critical and historical books and essays explore different figures in myth and fairy tale, such as the Virgin Mary and Joan of Arc; more recently I have concentrated on fairy tales, including the Arabian Nights. I also write novels and short stories, often drawing on mythic or other imaginary predecessors to translate them into contemporary significance – to re-vision them.

Stories come from the past but speak to the present, and I have found that I need to write stories as well as deconstruct them and place them in historical contexts, because I myself love reading works of imagination, and I would like to join the conversation with admired predecessors, who range from Apuleius to Virginia Woolf, Italo Calvino, and Angela Carter.”

Recent Diary Entries

Forms of Enchantment due in paperback in March 2024!


Marina’s anthology of essays on artists, Forms of Enchantment is due in paperback from 7 March. Here is a sneak peek of the paperback cover, adorned with a piece (Moth, 1996) by Kiki Smith:


Fairy Tales for the Penguin podcast


‘Fairy Tales with the historian and mythographer Marina Warner: Charles Perrault and Angela Carter’ On the Road with Penguin Classics, Penguin podcast hosted by writer Henry Eliot The podcast is now available for free on all platforms, including Apple …


2024 Robert B. Silvers Prize for Literary Criticism


Marina has been awarded the Robert B. Silvers Prize for Literary Criticism, alongside Jennifer Wilson, a contributing writer at The New Yorker. The Robert B. Silvers Prize for Literary Criticism, recognizes achievement in long-form literary criticism a …


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