The American Fantasy Tradition

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Brian Thomsen
Macmillan, 21.09.2002 - 604 Seiten
From the ancient tales of long-dead civilizations to the wild success of J. R. R. Tolkien's Lord of the Rings, fantasy has fired our imaginations for as long as there has been story. Whether sweeping sagas of fantastic adventures or cautionary tales told around the campfire, fantasy is deeply woven into the very fabric of humanity, wearing many faces and coming in many flavors. But what fantasy is distinctly American?

The American Fantasy Tradition sets out to answer this very question. This comprehensive critical anthology of American fantasy literature applies the groundbreaking theorems of such esteemed American literary critics as Leslie Fiedler, Richard Chase, and Irving Howe to the genre of fantasy in an effort to delineate the true American tradition of fantasy from the more prominent Anglo-European canon, breaking it down into three distinctive strains:

The American Tale: Folk, Tall, and Weird
Stories that might be considered fables or legends, much like the epics of the Age of Heroes from the classical eras of Rome and Greece, or the tales of the fairy folk from the European tradition, or the fables of Aesop.

Fantastic Americana
Stories set directly within the American historic landscape, much as the Arthurian tradition is set within the confines of British history.

Lands of Enchantment in Everyday Life
Stories that involve what might be called the American spirit, focusing on worlds that exist in the shadows of our own, just beyond Rod Serling's famous signpost for The Twilight Zone.
 

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Nutzerbericht  - Crypto-Willobie - LibraryThing

I realize there are space limitations, but... an anthology with this title containing nothing by Peter Beagle, Sprague de Camp, James Branch Cabell, Fletcher Pratt, Fritz Leiber?? Vollständige Rezension lesen

THE AMERICAN FANTASY TRADITION

Nutzerbericht  - Kirkus

Fantasy and Civil War anthologist Thomsen (the pared-down The Civil War Memoirs of Ulysses S. Grant, 2002) turns from that bad idea to perform creditably in amassing this whale-sized anthology that ... Vollständige Rezension lesen

Inhalt

FOREWORD
17
PALADIN OF THE Lost HOUR 471 PALADIN OF THE Lost HOUR
24
A MORALIZED LEGEND
41
UNCLE REMUS
54
THE YELLOW SIGN
73
THE SHADOW OVER INNSMOUTH
86
O UGLY BIRD
129
NARROW VALLEY
165
SHOELESS JOE JACKSON COMES TO IOWA
337
THE HERO OF THE NIGHT
366
LANDS OF ENCHANTMENT AND EVERYDAY LIFE
389
THE YELLOW WALLPAPER
407
Slow SCULPTURE
430
THE COIN COLLECTOR
445
THE GEEZENSTACKS
464
THE BLACK FERRIS
487

THE LOTTERY
187
BUFFALO GALS Wont You COME OUT TONIGHT
214
FANTASTIC AMERICANA
235
A GHOST STORY
260
THE DEVIL AND DANIEL WEBSTER
273
THE HOWLING MAN
293
WE ARE THE DEAD
313
DEAD RUN
509
HER PILGRIM SOUL
527
MRS TODDS SHORTCUT
556
AMONG THE HANDLERS
574
SELECT CRITICAL BIBLIOGRAPHY
603
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Über den Autor (2002)

Brian M. Thomsen is a Tor Consulting editor who dropped out of pursuing a Ph.D. in English in favor of a career in publishing. He was one of the founding editors of Warner/Popular Library's Questar Science Fiction & Fantasy line, and the editor of C.J.Cherryh's Hugo Award winning novel Cyteen. He has also been a Hugo nominee, has served as a World Fantasy Award judge, and is the author of two novels and numerous short stories for such publishers as Tor, Daw, Ace, TSR, and others.

He was born in the borough of Brooklyn where he currently resides with his wife, Donna, and two talented cats named Sparky and Minx.

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