The book was written by Jane Chatwin with the intention of correcting and clarifying things from the previous books.
The book was originally given to Quentin by an incognito adult Jane Chatwin. Shortly after enrolling at Brakebills, the book was presumed missing. It was revealed several months later that Penny had read the book and thrown it away after having spilled beer on it, and is considered the only person (apart from Jane) to have ever read it.
- The book was written in February of 1952.