The Oxford Book of Fantasy Stories

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Stories of the unreal, of trolls and werewolves, spells and sorcerers and magic lands, have been part of the human psyche for as long as there are records. In the present century, far from being outdated by the rise of technology and science fiction, fantasy has once more become a major literary genre expressive of the deepest feelings about humanity and its relation to the natural world.
In The Oxford Book of Fantasy Stories, Tom Shippey brings together thirty-one short ...
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Stories of the unreal, of trolls and werewolves, spells and sorcerers and magic lands, have been part of the human psyche for as long as there are records. In the present century, far from being outdated by the rise of technology and science fiction, fantasy has once more become a major literary genre expressive of the deepest feelings about humanity and its relation to the natural world.
In The Oxford Book of Fantasy Stories, Tom Shippey brings together thirty-one short fantasy stories from the last years of the nineteenth century to the immediate present. The anthology shows both the development of the fantasy genre over time and the range of individual talents it has embraced, from Lord Dunsany and H.P. Lovecraft through Ray Bradbury, Mervyn Peake, Larry Niven, and Angela Carter, to the latest creations of Tanith Lee, Lucius Shepard, and Terry Pratchett. In addition to these marvelous tales, Shippey also provides a thoughtful introduction that discusses the nature of fantasy, and he includes an extensive bibliography listing single author collections and anthologies of fantasy writings as well as works of criticism.
For established readers of fantasy fiction, Tom Shippey's selection will offer many forgotten gems, and for those less familiar with the genre, it forms an ideal introduction to perhaps the purest of literary pleasures.

Shippey brings together 31 short fantasy stories, from the last years of the 19th century to the immediate present, to show both the development of the fantasy genre over time and to showcase the talents of the individual writers it has embraced. Includes an extensive bibliography.

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"As Tom Shippey puts it, in his unfailingly intelligent and interesting introduction to The Oxford Book of Fantasy Stories, 'the rule is that sorcerers always lose.' Tom Shippey has chosen well, and his choice of stories accurately reflects the themes and moods of the genre as a whole."--Times Literary Supplement

"Shippey discusses the long tradition of fantasy and then offers stories from 1888 through 1992 to illustrate its growth in this century....Vast, mythic, and wild."--Booklist

"Excellent selection--comprehensive and representative. Good introduction and useful bibliography (and attractive design too)."--Gene Doty, University of Missouri-Rolla

"Those who already admire Shippey for his Tolkien book now have reason to respect his taste in other fantasy tales."--Professor Michael Foster, Illinois Central College

Robert Irwin
...As Tom Shippey puts it, in his own...intelligent and interesting introduction..."the rule is that sorcerers always lose." -- The Times Literary Supplement
Margo Jefferson
All the writers here know their craft, and the best of them know much more than that. -- The New York Times
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780192823984
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 6/1/1995
  • Pages: 528
  • Product dimensions: 5.00 (w) x 7.75 (h) x 1.07 (d)

Meet the Author

About the Editor:
Tom Shippey is the Walter Ong Professor of Literature at St Louis University, Missouri. He also edited The Oxford Book of Science Fiction Stories.

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Table of Contents

Introduction 1
The Demon Pope 1888
The Fortress Unvanquishable, Save for Sacnoth 1908 9
Through the Dragon Glass 1917 23
The Nameless City 1921 35
The Wind in the Portico 1928 46
The Tower of the Elephant 1933 66
Xeethra 1934 88
Jirel Meets Magic 1935 105
The Bleak Shore 1940 135
Homecoming 1947 144
See You Later 1949 156
Liane the Wayfarer 1950 174
The Desrick on Yandro 1952 184
The Silken-Swift... 1953 195
Operation Afreet 1956 212
The Singular Events which Occurred in the Hovel on the Alley off of Eye Street 1962 238
The Sudden Wings 1962 244
Same Time, Same Place 1963 263
Timothy 1966 271
The Kings of the Sea 1968 283
Not Long Before the End 1969 300
The Wager Lost by Winning 1970 311
Lila the Werewolf 1974 342
Johanna 1978 361
The Erl-King 1979 364
Beyond the Dead Reef 1983 372
Subworld 1983 388
Bite-Me-Not or Fleur de Fur 1984 409
The Night of White Bhairab 1984 433
Thorn 1986 464
Troll Bridge 1992 480
Select Bibliography 489
Sources 494
Source Acknowledgements 498
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