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This comprehensive critical anthology of American fantasy literature, applies the groundbreaking critical theorems of such esteemed American literary critics as Leslie Fiedler, Richard Chase, and Irving Howe to the genre of fantasy in an effort to delineate the true American tradition of fantasy from the Anglo-European canon.The three definitive strains focused on are: The American TaleFolk, Tall, and Weird Fantastic Americana Lands of Enchantment in Everyday Life.
Brian M. Thomsen is a Tor Consulting editor who dropped out of pursuing a Ph.D. in English in favor of a career in publishing. He was one of the founding editors of Warner/Popular Library's Questar Science Fiction & Fantasy line, and the editor of C.J.Cherryh's Hugo Award winning novel Cyteen. He has also been a Hugo nominee, has served as a World Fantasy Award judge, and is the author of two novels and numerous short stories for such publishers as Tor, Daw, Ace, TSR, and others.
He was born in the borough of Brooklyn where he currently resides with his wife, Donna, and two talented cats named Sparky and Minx.
Table of Contents
Foreword Introduction: An Approach to an American Fantasy Tradition
Part I: Folk, Tall, and Weird Tales Rip Van Winkle: Washington Irving Feathertop: Nathaniel Hawthorne Uncle Remus: Joel Chandler Harris The Saga of Pecos Bill: Edward O'Reilly Rosy's Journey: Louisa May Alcott The Yellow Sign: Robert W. Chambers The Mysterious Shadow Over Innsmouth: H.P. Lovecraft Oh Ugly Bird!: Manly Wade Wellman The Fool: David Drake Narrow Valley: R.A. Lafferty Jackalope: Alan Dean Foster The Lottery: Shirley Jackson Children of the Corn: Stephen King Buffalo Gals, Won't You Come Out Tonight: Ursula K. Le Guin
Part II: Fantastic Americana The Jolly Corner: Henry James A Ghost Story: Mark Twain The Other Lodgers: Ambrose Bierce Ma'ame Pelagie: Kate Chopin The Devil and Daniel Webster: Stephen Vincent Benét The Valley Was Still: Manly Wade Wellman The Howling Man: Charles Beaumont Twenty-Three: Avram Davidson We Are the Dead: Henry Kuttner Where the Summer Ends: Karl Edward Wagner Shoeless Joe Jackson Comes to Iowa: W.P. Kinsella Hatrack River: Orson Scott Card The Hero of the Night: Bradley Denton The Whimper of Whipped Dogs: Harlan Ellison
Part III: Lands of Enchantment and Everyday Life The Griffin and the Minor Canon: Frank Stockton The Enchanted Buffalo: L. Frank Baum The Yellow Wall-Paper: Charlotte Perkins Gilman The Moving Finger: Edith Wharton Slow Sculpture: Theodore Sturgeon The Coin Collector: Jack Finney Prey: Richard Matheson The Geezenstacks: Fredric Brown Paladin of the Lost Hour: Harlan Ellison The Black Ferris: Ray Bradbury Bed & Breakfast: Gene Wolfe Dead Run: Greg Bear Her Pilgrim Soul: Alan Brennert Mrs. Todd's Shortcut: Stephen King Among the Handlers: Michael Bishop