Fritz Leiber: Critical Essays

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Benjamin Szumskyj
McFarland, 2008 - Literary Collections - 207 pages
This essay collection fills a critical gap by examining Fritz Leiber and his work from an academic perspective. Examined here are the role of civilization in Leiber's work; the evolution of Our Lady of Darkness; the concept of time; death, rebirth and existentialism; feline characters; sexual desire; his gothic and weird tales; eccentricity in Leiber's poems; the theme of power in the Fafhrd and Gray Mouser adventures; connecting threads, and important contrasts between Leiber and Lovecraft; and biblical influence.

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Benjamin Szumskyj, a high school teacher and library technician, is the general editor of the scholarly journal Studies in Fantasy Literature. He is editor of Dissecting Hannibal Lecter: Essays on the Novels of Thomas Harris (McFarland, 2008), Fritz Leiber & H.P. Lovecraft: Writers of the Dark (Wildside Press) and Two-Gun Bob: A Centennial Study of Robert E. Howard (Hippocampus Press). He lives in Melville, Western Australia.

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