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The History of Fantasy Literature

By Becky Ferreira Jun 3, 2013

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The Sophisticated Children's Fantasy

The art of the bedtime story goes back many millennia, but it wasn't until the Victorian Age that people realized that children could not only handle adult themes, they dug the heck out of them. The evocative fairy tale collections curated by the Brothers Grimm and Hans Christian Andersen instigated this revolution in children's fantasy, but the real heavyweights would be the novelists that followed. Whether it was Lewis Carroll's Wonderland, L. Frank Baum's Oz, or J.M. Barrie's Neverland, the running theme was to look for the extraordinary in the ordinary. What's your favorite method of traveling to a fantasy world? Rabbit hole? Tornado? Second star to the right and straight on till morning?

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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