The Secret History of Fantasy

The Secret History of Fantasy

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Shhhh. The secret is out. Fantasy is more than just sword-and-sorcery novels of epic adventures. Here are innovative tales where mythology, fairy tales, and archetypes are reimagined into a new style of storytelling. Anthologist Peter S. Beagle knows fantasy. The author of the inventive fantasy novel The Last Unicorn and the introduction to The Lord of the Rings now introduces the gifted writers that returned to the classics and thoroughly redefined the genre: Gregory Maguire, Francesca Lia Block, Robert Holdstock, Patricia McKillip, and Steven Millhauser, and others who have lead the way to expanding imaginative frontiers. From the depths of a dangerous English forest to the top of the Tower of Babel, on a caffeinated journey to the empire of ice cream, discover The Secret History of Fantasy.

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  • Paperback | 379 pages
  • 150 x 228 x 28mm | 399.16g
  • Tachyon Publications
  • San Francisco, CA, United States
  • English
  • 1892391996
  • 9781892391995
  • 425,217

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Peter S. Beagle is the best-selling author of The Last Unicorn, which has sold a reported five million copies since its initial publication in 1968. His other novels include A Fine & Private Place, The Innkeeper's Song, and Tamsin. His short fiction has been collected in four volumes by Tachyon Publications, including The Rhinoceros Who Quoted Nietzsche, The Line Between, We Never Talk About My Brother, and Sleight of Hand. He has won the Hugo, Nebula, Mythopoeic, and Grand Prix de l'Imaginaire awards and the World Fantasy Award for Lifetime Achievement.

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"In this exciting, canonic volume, Beagle showcases gifted writers who began to rediscover older fantasy classics and to redefine fantasy in their own unique voices." -Inner Worlds "All 17 stories eschew all or most of the conventions of commercial fantasy... Start reading and expect to enjoy." --Booklist "...set[s] out to rewrite our concept of fantasy, and with the help of some of the world's best writers, succeeds admirably." --The Agony Column "This is a very well-done collection: The stories are all, in many different ways, pleasures to read." --The Civilian Reader

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