Fantastic Worlds Myths, Tales, and Stories

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  • Copyright: 1979-06-07
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press

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As the first international anthology to cover the entire scope of fantastic narrative, Fantastic Worlds presents over fifty tales, myths, and stories, ranging from Genesis to Ovid, Hans Christian Andersen to J.R.R. Tolkien, Edgar Allan Poe to James Thurber, and Franz Kafka to Italo Calvino. Including tales of fairies and elves, ghost stories, high fantasy, and stories of social criticism and the conflict between science and religion, this volume presents a diverse selection of writings that all share the same capacity to liberate the human spirit through the wild mental acrobatics of fantasy.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgmentsp. v
Prefacep. xi
Introductionp. 3
The Sources of the Fantasticp. 27
The First Book of Moses, Called Genesis King James Versionp. 41
Mythp. 41
The Blackfoot Genesisp. 47
The Eye of the Giantp. 53
How I Brought Death into the Worldp. 56
The Myth of Actaeon Ovidp. 62
The Myth of Narcissusp. 66
The Myth of Philomelap. 72
The Ghost Wifep. 80
Folktalep. 80
The Magic Swan Geesep. 82
Why Tortoise's Shell Is Not Smoothp. 84
How Mr. Rabbit Was Too Sharp for Mr. Foxp. 87
Paul Bunyan on the Columbiap. 89
Fairy Talep. 96
Little Red-Capp. 96
The Sleeping Beautyp. 100
Hansel and Grethelp. 104
The Tinderboxp. 112
The Tale of Cosmop. 120
Leaf by Nigglep. 141
The Diversity of Fantastic Literaturep. 161
Our Ideas of Timep. 175
Fantasyp. 175
Ritter Gluck: A Recollection from the Year 1809p. 179
The Oval Portraitp. 190
The Garden of Live Flowersp. 194
The Secret Life of Walter Mittyp. 202
The Royal Banquetp. 208
Horror Fictionp. 214
The Sandmanp. 214
The Black Catp. 247
The Picture in the Housep. 257
The Handp. 266
Ghost Storiesp. 266
The Moonlit Roadp. 274
Lost Heartsp. 284
Golden Wingsp. 294
Heroic Fantasyp. 294
The Sword of Welleranp. 311
The Five Black Swansp. 325
Science Fictionp. 333
The Facts in the Case of M. Valdemarp. 333
The Birthmarkp. 343
The Starp. 360
Epicacp. 372
The Third Levelp. 380
The Starp. 385
Modern Fantasyp. 393
The Judgmentp. 399
A Common Confusionp. 410
Cockroachesp. 411
Pierre Menard, Author of the Quixotep. 415
Axolotlp. 424
Pastoralp. 430
All at One Pointp. 438
There Is No Such Place as Americap. 443
The Piano Playerp. 450
Homage to the San Francisco YMCAp. 453
The Markerp. 456
The Zebra Storytellerp. 460
Annotated Bibliographyp. 463
Indexp. 475
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