Jane Yolen Biography
IntroductionTo many, Jane Yolen is the J. R. R. Tolkien of contemporary children’s literature. As a writer, she has dedicated herself to creating science fiction and fantasy stories for young audiences. While some of her works, such as The Young Merlin Trilogy, were re-imaginings of well-known tales from Western literature, her other writings have culled folklore from numerous non-Western cultures to expose them to English-speaking youth. Yolen is particularly noted for her short-form work, producing numerous stories of her own and editing those of others. Yolen’s commitment to children’s fantasy continues to extend far beyond her own prolific output. She has dedicated herself to supporting subsequent generations of fantasy writers and in doing so has further established the genre’s relevance.