Literary Swordsmen and Sorcerers: The Makers of Heroic Fantasy
Sauk City, WI: Arkham House, 1976. 1st Edition; 1st Printing. Hardcover. Illustrated by Tim Kirk. Cover Art; Limited to 5000 copies (5431 copies according to The Arkham House Companion). This book is in Near Fine condition and has a Fine dust jacket. The book and its contents are in mostly clean, bright condition. The bottom corners have some beginning bumping. The text pages are clean and bright. The dust jacket is crips and clean. The book includes the short works: Introduction: Neomythology by Lin Carter, The Swords of Faerie, Jack of all Arts: William Morris, Two Men in One: Lord Dunsany, Eldritch Yankee Gentleman: H. P. Lovecraft, Superman in a Bowler: E. R. Eddison, The Miscast Barbarian: Robert E. Howard, Parallel Worlds: Fletcher Pratt, Sierran Shaman: Clark Ashton Smith, Merlin in Tweeds: J. R. R. Tolkien, The Architect of Camelot: T. H. White, and, Conan's Compeers. "In like fashion, he reimagined space opera and planetary romance in his "Viagens Interplanetarias" series, and the prehistoric precursor civilizations characteristic of much heroic fantasy in his Pusadian series. When he was not debunking literary conventions he was often explaining them. For example, in the Harold Shea stories co-written with his longtime friend Fletcher Pratt (1897–1956) , the magical premises of some bodies of myths and legends were accepted but examined and elucidated in terms of their own systems of inherent logic. The imaginative civilizations in The Compleat Enchanter, for example, are built upon a cultural and technological reality based on scientific formulas. Characters may be transported to these different worlds, but the magic contained within those worlds is only feasible to the extent that it coincides with the technology of the day (e. G, the combustion engine). De Camp's explanatory tendency also carried over into his non-fictional writings, including advice to science fiction writers on handling the different states of languages in future worlds. " (from Wikipedia). Near Fine in Fine dust jacket .
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Keywords: Horror L. Sprague DeCamp Tim Kirk Arkham House Small Press Fantasy Reference Science Fiction Reference Horror