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I think it means that if I build a baseball field out there that Shoeless Joe Jackson will get to come back and play ball again.  -Ray Kinsella

Notes from the novelist W.P. Kinsella

"Neither Field of Dreams nor Shoeless Joe are autobiographical. That the main character is named Kinsella has to do with J.D. Salinger having used two characters of the dream-enraptured Iowa farmer and the terminally reclusive author. I also have to disappoint fans by telling them that I do not believe in the magic I write about. It is my job to write about magical events for the entertainment of others. But to create believable fantasy one must be thoroughly grounded in reality."

"Though my eyes still tear up every time Doc Graham steps over the line, that doesn't mean I have any illusions that the scene actually took place. Though my characters hear voices, I do not. There are no gods; there is no magic. I may be a wizard though, for it takes a wizard to know there are none."

"Where did the original idea come from? How come a Canadian, raised in the wilderness of 1940s rural Alberta, has written what many call the quintessential novel about America's National Pastime? When I got the idea, I was studying at the Iowa Writers' Workshop, in Iowa City, Iowa. My father was an American who had played some minor league baseball in Florida and California, then settled down late in life in Canada. He talked a good game, and on the rare occasions during my childhood when he would venture out to civilization, he would return with a copy of the St. Louis Sporting News."

"Consequently, I knew how to read a box score years before I actually got to see a baseball game. In Iowa City, I had been thinking of some stories my dad had told me about Joe Jackson and what happened to him after the Black Sox Scandal. They were good, but not necessarily true stories. I got to thinking, what would happen if Shoeless Joe Jackson came back to life in this time and place, Iowa City, Iowa, 1978? And as they say, the rest is history."

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