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Cornelia Funke (born 10 December 1958) is a German author, and the author of the Inkworld trilogy. She helped produce Inkheart, a film adaptation of her book of the same name.

Biography[edit | edit source]

Following a post-graduate course in book illustration at the Hamburg State College of Design, Cornelia Funke worked as a designer and illustrator of children's books. But disappointment in the way some of the stories were told, combined with her desire to draw fantastic creatures and magical worlds rather than the familiar situations of school and home, inspired her to write her own stories.

As a reader, Funke has always loved good fantasy, particularly such modern classics as J.R.R. Tolkien's Lord of the Rings, C. S. Lewis' Chronicles of Narnia, and J. M Barrie's Peter Pan. Funke's own success is now international, demonstrating the universal appeal – and power – of her storytelling.

— Section of Cornelia Funke's biography.[1]

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Achievements[edit | edit source]

  • All three books of the Inkworld trilogy spent months on the New York Times bestseller list and garnered numerous awards.[2]
  • There are more than five million copies of Cornelia Funke's books in print in the United States alone, as of now.[1]
  • In 2005, Time magazine named Cornelia Funke among its "100 Most Influential Men and Women."[1]

Trivia[edit | edit source]

  • Cornelia Funke had a hand in the process and close collaboration with Anthea Bell during the process of translating the Inkworld trilogy from German to English. Bell would ask detailed questions via email, sometimes so detailed that let Funke see her story even clearer.[3]

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