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The History of Fantasy Literature

By Becky Ferreira Jun 3, 2013

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The Post-War Imagination Explosion

The combination of "literary fantasy" as put forth by Tolkien and Lewis and the popular fantasy of the pulps opened the floodgates for the genre. The latter half of the 20th Century featured the limitless imagination of Terry Pratchett, Ursula K. Leguin, Terry Brooks, Neil Gaiman, Marion Zimmer Bradley — *taking a breath* David Eddings, Tanith Lee, J.K. Rowling, George R. R. Martin... you get the point. There is a huge diversity of voices in fantasy in 2013, transforming the genre into many different changelings. But the real question is... what's next for fantasy?

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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