Discovering Classic Fantasy Fiction

Overview

The antecedents of fantasy literature extend back to the very beginnings of storytelling itself, but modern fantasy became recognizable as a distinct literary form only in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, with the publication of the novels of William Morris and the short stories of Lord Dunsany. The emphasis by these writers and their successors on ideal and sometimes less than ideal places and peoples who exist only in a realm of pure imagination laid the foundation for later works by J. R. R. ...
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Overview

The antecedents of fantasy literature extend back to the very beginnings of storytelling itself, but modern fantasy became recognizable as a distinct literary form only in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, with the publication of the novels of William Morris and the short stories of Lord Dunsany. The emphasis by these writers and their successors on ideal and sometimes less than ideal places and peoples who exist only in a realm of pure imagination laid the foundation for later works by J. R. R. Tolkien and many others.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781587150043
  • Publisher: Wildside Press
  • Publication date: 12/1/1996
  • Pages: 180
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.41 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction 5
1. Lord Dunsany: The Career of a Fantaisiste 7
2. James Branch Cabell: No Fit Employment for a Grown Man 49
3. Mervyn Wall and the Comedy of Despair 56
4. John Collier, Fantastic Miniaturist 68
5. A. Merritt: A Reappraisal 76
6. Villains of Necessity: The Works of E. R. Eddison 88
7. Subtle Perceptions: The Fantasy Novels of Algernon Blackwood 94
8. David Lindsay and the Quest for Muspel-Fire 104
9. Classic American Fairy Tales: The Fantasies of L. Frank Baum 113
10. Henry Kuttner: Man of Many Voices 122
11. Of the Master, Merlin, and H. Warner Munn 126
Notes 151
Bibliography 155
About the Contributors 163
Index 165
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