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Masterpieces of Fantasy and Enchantment

by David G. Hartwell (Editor), Kathryn Cramer (Editor)

Other authors: Poul Anderson (Contributor), L. Frank Baum (Contributor), Stephen Vincent Benét (Contributor), Anthony Boucher (Contributor), Ray Bradbury (Contributor)30 more, Thomas Canty (Cover artist), Lucy Clifford (Contributor), Sara Coleridge (Contributor), John Collier (Contributor), Christopher Pearse Cranch (Contributor), Avram Davidson (Contributor), L. Sprague De Camp (Contributor), Samuel R. Delany (Contributor), Philip K. Dick (Contributor), Charles Dickens (Contributor), Lord Dunsany (Contributor), Wyman Guin (Contributor), Nathaniel Hawthorne (Contributor), Robert A. Heinlein (Contributor), Ursula K. Le Guin (Contributor), Fritz Leiber (Contributor), Elizabeth A. Lynn (Contributor), Abraham Merritt (Contributor), Michael Moorcock (Contributor), Kenneth Morris (Contributor), William Morris (Contributor), Fletcher Pratt (Contributor), Joanna Russ (Contributor), Saki (Contributor), Margaret St. Clair (Contributor), Frank R. Stockton (Contributor), Theodore Sturgeon (Contributor), Mark Twain (Contributor), Horace Walpole (Contributor), Gene Wolfe (Contributor)

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A fine collection that might serve as a good introduction to this genre.



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A collection of short stories and excerpts from larger works, this is a pretty hit-and-miss collection. It took me nearly a year to read it because of the tedium of some of the pieces. It's interesting in that it shows works by major authors that might otherwise be unknown in the fantasy genre (Dickens, Heinlein, etc.) Bradbury's "Uncle Einar" was delightful, as was Hawthorne's "Feathertop" and Boucher's "Mr. Lupescu." On the other hand, Kenneth Morris' "Three Tales" were utterly unreadable, "The Last of the Huggermuggers" dragged on endlessly, and Sara Coleridge's story should probably remain buried in obscurity. This might be of interest to either neophytes of the genre, or those who are deeply into fantasy. Dilettantes should give it a miss.

Included are:
"The Rule of Names" - Ursula K. LeGuin
"The Magic Fishbone" - Charles Dickens
"The Goddess of the Street Corner" - Margaret St. Clair
"Feathertop: A Moralized Legend" - Nathaniel Hawthorne
"The Root and the Ring" - Wyman Guin
"The Green Magician" - L. Sprague de Camp and Fletcher Pratt
"Our Fair City" - Robert Heinlein
"The Man Who Could Not See Devils" - Joanna Russ
"Hieroglyphic Tales" - Horace Walpole
"Bird of Prey" - John Collier
"The Detective of Dreams" - Gene Wolfe
"The Bee-Man of Orn" - Frank R. Stockton
"The Red Hawk" - Elizabeth R. Lynn
"The Canvasser's Tale" - Mark Twain
"The Silken-Swift..." - Theodore Sturgeon
"The New Mother" - Lucy Clifford
"Mr. Lupescu" - Anthony Boucher
"The King of the Cats" - Stephen Vincent Benet
"Uncle Einar" - Ray Bradbury
"Space-Time for Springers" - Fritz Leiber
"Great is Diana" - Avram Davidson
"The Last of the Huggermuggers: A Giant Story" - Christopher Pearse Cranch
"Tobermory" - Saki
"The King of the Elves" - Philip K. Dick
"4 American Fairy Tales" - L. Frank Baum
"The Tale of Dragons and Dreamers" - Samuel R. Delany
excerpt from "Phantasmion" - Sara Coleridge
"3 Tales" - Kenneth Morris
"Elric at the End of Time" - Michael Moorcock
"Lindenborg Pool" - William Morris
"The Moon Pool" - A. Merritt
"The Sword of Welleran" - Lord Dunsany
"Operation Afreet" - Poul Anderson ( )
1 vote Imrahil2001 | Jun 8, 2010 |
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  lordofthegamez | Jul 20, 2007 |
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Hartwell, David G.Editorprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Cramer, KathrynEditormain authorall editionsconfirmed
Anderson, PoulContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Baum, L. FrankContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Benét, Stephen VincentContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Boucher, AnthonyContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Bradbury, RayContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Canty, ThomasCover artistsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Clifford, LucyContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Coleridge, SaraContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Collier, JohnContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Cranch, Christopher PearseContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Davidson, AvramContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
De Camp, L. SpragueContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Delany, Samuel R.Contributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Dick, Philip K.Contributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Dickens, CharlesContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Dunsany, LordContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Guin, WymanContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Hawthorne, NathanielContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Heinlein, Robert A.Contributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Le Guin, Ursula K.Contributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Leiber, FritzContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Lynn, Elizabeth A.Contributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Merritt, AbrahamContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Moorcock, MichaelContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Morris, KennethContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
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Pratt, FletcherContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Russ, JoannaContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
SakiContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
St. Clair, MargaretContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Stockton, Frank R.Contributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Sturgeon, TheodoreContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Twain, MarkContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Walpole, HoraceContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
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