Thursday, August 15, 2013

PimPage: An Occasional Feature in Which I Call Attention to Books of Interest

This is a massive anthology, over 700 pages, and if you're interested in the history of fantastic literature you'll want a copy of this one. A few of the authors are noted on the cover, but there are a lot more. Most readers of this blog will have read at least some of the stories, but I suspect that there are several that will be new to many of you.  The introduction by Peter S. Beagle is only 3 pages long, but it's wonderful.

The Treasury of the Fantastic: David Sandner, Jacob Weisman, Peter S. Beagle: 9781616960964: Books: The fantastic, the supernatural, the poetic, and the macabre entwine in this incomparable culmination of storytelling. Imaginative stories of wit and intelligence weave through vivid landscapes that are alternately wondrous and terrifying. Bringing together major literary figures from the 19th and 20th centuries—from Alfred Lord Tennyson and Edith Wharton to Edgar Allan Poe and Oscar Wilde—these masters of English and American literature created unforgettable tales where goblins and imps comingle with humans from all walks of life. This deftly curated assemblage of notable classics and unexpected gems from the pre-Tolkien era will captivate and enchant readers. Forerunners of today's speculative fiction, these are the authors that changed the fantasy genre, forever.

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