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His Dark Materials trilogy: The Golden Compass, The Subtle Knife, and the Amber Spyglass

Date published/released: 

1995 to 2000

Publication Information: 

Scholastic

Pullman has identified three major literary influences on His Dark Materials: the essay On the Marionette Theatre by Heinrich von Kleist, the works of William Blake, and, most important, John Milton's Paradise Lost, from which the trilogy derives its title. In his introduction, he adapts a famous description of Milton by Blake to quip that he (Pullman) "is of the Devil's party and does know it." -Wikipedia