The Oxford Book of Fantasy Stories

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T. A. Shippey
Oxford University Press, 1994 - English fiction - 499 pages
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 In the present century, far from being outdated by the rise of technology and science fiction, fantasy has once more become a major literary genre expressive of the deepest feelings about humanity and its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. Fantasy is indeed one of the most successful of modern literary genres, as can be seen from the sales of Tolkien and his successors. Yet the rise of the fantasy 'trilogy' has tended to obscure a long tradition of short fantasy fiction, just as enjoyable as the long books. Built on the ancient foundation of the fairy tale but sharply distinguished from it, the fantasy story has evolved in often ephemeral and little-known magazines. Tom Shippey, editor of the companion Oxford Book of Science Fiction Stories, has now brought 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 John Buchan, Mervyn Peake, Larry Niven, and Angela Carter to the latest creations of Tanith Lee, Lucius Shepard, and Terry Pratchett. For established readers of fantasy fiction, Tom Shippey's selection will give a taste of the many successes that have fallen out of print or missed out on fame. For those less familiar with the genre, it forms an ideal introduction to perhaps the purest of literary pleasures.

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The Demon Pope 1888 Richard garnett i
Through the Dragon Glass 1917 Abraham merritt
The Nameless City 1921 h p lovecraft

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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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