Eighteen authors and poets create a beautiful collection celebrating The Green Man in traditional and contemporary images. Each story is enhanced by illustrations by Charles Vess. From a sassy fairy in Central Park to a fictitious story of Maurice Ravel's early years, the authors have marvelously captured the spirit of nature and the Green Man. A story (or two) for everyone. — Jeanette
One of our most universal myths is that of the Green Man--the spirit who stands for Nature in its most wild and untamed form. Through the ages and around the world, the Green Man and other nature spirits have appeared in stories, songs, and artwork, as well as many beloved fantasy novels, including Tolkien's Lord of the Rings. Now Ellen Datlow and Terri Windling, the acclaimed editors of over thirty anthologies, have gathered some of today's finest writers of magical fiction to interpret the spirits of nature in short stories and poetry. Folklorist and artist Charles Vess brings his stellar eye and brush to the decorations, and Windling provides an introduction exploring Green Man symbolism and forest myth. The Green Man is required reading--not only for fans of fantasy fiction but for those interested in mythology and the mysteries of the wilderness.