The Secret History of Fantasy

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Fantasy is greater than simply sword-and-sorcery novels of epic adventures. listed here are leading edge stories the place mythology, fairy stories, and archetypes are reimagined right into a new type of storytelling.

Anthologist Peter S. Beagle understands fable. the writer of the creative delusion novel The final Unicorn and the creation to The Lord of the Rings now introduces the proficient writers that lower back to the classics and punctiliously redefined the style: Gregory Maguire, Francesca Lia Block, Robert Holdstock, Patricia McKillip, and Steven Millhauser, and others who've paved the way to increasing inventive frontiers.

From the depths of a deadly English wooded area to the head of the Tower of Babel, on a caffeinated trip to the empire of ice cream, realize The mystery heritage of Fantasy.

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