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The History of Fantasy Literature

By Becky Ferreira Jun 3, 2013

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Fantasy is arguably the oldest of all literary forms, and certainly among the most cross-cultural. The desire to see mystical dimensions of our own universeor to dream up entirely new universesis at the heart of mythology, folklore, and legend. Over the millennia the genre has matured into a number of wonderfully diverse categories, with pure escapism on one end and biting social satire on the other. We'll show you how it happened, in this illustrated history of fantasy literature!

Tags: history, slideshows, fantasy, cs lewis, the hobbit, jrr tolkien, books-and-comics, the lord of the rings

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Becky Ferreira

Becky Ferreira is a writer, performer, and raptor based in New York.

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