The Encyclopedia of Fantasy

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9780312198695: The Encyclopedia of Fantasy

This huge volume is the first comprehensive encyclopedia of the fantasy field. Not only does it describe the genre authoritatively, but it redefines it, offering an exciting new analysis of this highly diverse and hugely popular sphere of art. With more than 4,000 entries and over one million words, this volume covers every aspect of fantasy-literature, film, television, opera, art, and comics. Written and compiled by a team of editors with unparalleled collective experience in the field, it is an invaluable reference for anyone interested in the art of the fantastic. This paperback edition includes thirty-two pages of update material obtained since the hardcover when to press.

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This masterful follow-up to the 1993 Encyclopedia of Science Fiction is an essential purchase for anyone who's serious about fantasy. Those who are serious about horror will also find it an excellent reference. The works of prolific and confusing authors such as Michael Moorcock, as well as authors such as J. R. R. Tolkien who have many posthumously published fragments, are explained with admirable clarity. Especially fascinating are the numerous terms for motifs and themes, constituting what the editors call a map of the many "fuzzy sets" in the universe of fantasy fiction--terms such as "crosshatch," "polder," and "water margin." There are many entries on horror movies and the better-known horror writers (only writers who write no fantasy, such as Richard Laymon, are excluded). You'll also find carefully written definitions of horror, dark fantasy, supernatural fiction, gothic fiction, psychological thrillers, and weird fiction. Locus calls The Encyclopedia of Fantasy "massive and welcome," and writes, "This will be the standard reference for years to come."

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Winner of the Hugo and World Fantasy Awards!

"This will be the standard reference for years to come." --Locus

"If you are in any way involved in the business of fantasy, or a serious collector, or a dedicated student, you really won't want to be without it....Very highly recommended." --Realms of Fantasy

"An excellent and highly readable source for fantasy, the first of its kind." --Library Journal

"An extremely well done book that will appeal to a variety of users. It brings together the entire universe of fantasy in one volume." --Booklist

"There is a seemingly inexhaustible wealth of material here." --The Economist

"Worth every penny. This is a companion volume to Clute and Peter Nicholls' The Encyclopedia of Science Fiction--same price. These two heavy tomes are the finest and most user-friendly references the unreal genre has known." --Rocky Mountain News

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