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St. James Guide to Fantasy Writers Edition 1.

Pringle, David (editor)

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ISBN 10: 1558622055 / ISBN 13: 9781558622050
Published by St. James Press, Detroit, Michigan, 1995
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Minor edge and corner wear; lightly scuffed and scratched; corners are gently bumped and rubbed; some light shelf wear; ex-library with the usual library markings; overall a nice used copy! Red boards with a black and white illustration and white and red lettering on the front board. 711 informative and educational pages! "This work was conceived as the first of a two-volume set, the second to entitled the St. James Guide to Horror, Ghost, and Gothic Writers. Hence the omission from the present volume of certain writers who, in the view of some readers, might have been expected to be included. Edgar Allan Poe, Algernon Blackwood, H. P. Lovecraft, Ray Bradbury, Stephen King and several hundred others, many of whom have written at least some fantasy fiction, will be covered in the forthcoming volume." ---- from the Editor's Note. Size: 4to - over 9¾" - 12" tall. Bookseller Inventory # 046444

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Title: St. James Guide to Fantasy Writers Edition 1...

Publisher: St. James Press, Detroit, Michigan

Publication Date: 1995

Binding: Pictorial Boards

Book Condition:Good

Dust Jacket Condition: No Jacket

Edition: First Edition.

Book Type: Ex-Library

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Synopsis:

Here's a sample of the writers you'll find in this unique reference:

  • Robert E. Howard
  • Michael Moorcock
  • David Eddings
  • Terry Pratchett
  • J.R.R. Tolkien
  • Ursula LeGuin
  • Raymond E. Feist
  • Stephen R. Donaldson
  • Tad Williams
  • Lord Dunsany
  • C.S. Lewis
  • And many others

    A complete title index provides fast and easy access to the user's entry of interest. Also look for an appendix of foreign-language writers, notes on advisors and contributors and a comprehensive reading list for fantasy enthusiasts.

  • From Booklist:

    Covering 400 writers identified with the fantasy genre, this is the first volume in an anticipated two-volume set. Volume 2 will cover writers in the horror and gothic field.

    The vast majority of writers here are from English-speaking countries, but 11 foreign writers such as Hans Christian Andersen are included in a separate section. Entries are in alphabetical order with brief biographical information, a bibliography of works in fantasy and other genres, and a critical signed essay about the writer. For example, the entry on Mark Helprin has brief facts on his life and a list of his fantasy works, short stories, and other publications. The critical article by Paul Di Filippo is a page in length. The guide ends with an extensive reading list on fantasy literature, a nationality index, and a title index, which includes novels and short stories listed as fantasy as well as series and series characters.

    The line between fantasy, science fiction, and horror is very thin. More than 100 of the authors in this book are also included in St. James Guide to Science Fiction Writers (4th ed., 1996). The essays in each volume are different, but the works lists are essentially the same, although arranged differently to focus on either fantasy or science fiction. Several people one might expect to find in the fantasy volume, such as Anne McCaffrey and Jack Chalker, are only in the science fiction volume. More than 50 of the fantasy writers are also found in Scribner's Supernatural Fiction Writers (1985). Many of the authors can be found in Contemporary Authors and similar reference works, but the difference can be seen by focusing on Mark Twain's entry. The essay on Twain by Gary Westfahl shows that Twain fits comfortably in fantasy and questions those who class some of his works, such as A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court, as early science fiction.

    St. James Guide to Fantasy Writers will be useful both for research on fantasy writers as well as for the casual reader who is curious about an author. It will be an asset to any library that needs additional information on this genre.

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