The big book of classic fantasy : the ultimate collection

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Unearth the enchanting origins of fantasy fiction with a collection of tales as vast as the tallest tower and as mysterious as the dark depths of the forest.

Fantasy stories have always been with us. They illuminate the odd and the uncanny, the wondrous and the fantastic: all the things we know are lurking just out of sight--on the other side of the looking-glass, beyond the music of the impossibly haunting violin, through the twisted trees of the ancient woods. Other worlds, talking animals, fairies, goblins, demons, tricksters, and mystics: these are the elements that populate a rich literary tradition that spans the globe. A work composed both of careful scholarship and fantastic fun, The Big Book of Classic Fantasy is essential reading for anyone who's never forgotten the stories that first inspired feelings of astonishment and wonder.


*Stories by pillars of the genre like the Brothers Grimm, Hans Christian Andersen, Mary Shelley, Christina Rossetti, L. Frank Baum, Robert E. Howard, and J. R. R. Tolkien
*Fantastical offerings from literary giants including Edith Wharton, Leo Tolstoy, Willa Cather, Zora Neale Hurston, Vladimir Nabokov, Hermann Hesse, and W.E.B. Du Bois
*Rare treasures from Asian, Eastern European, Scandinavian, and Native American traditions
*New translations, including fourteen stories never before in English


*Beautifully Bizarre Creatures! *Strange New Worlds Just Beyond the Garden Path!
*Fairy Folk and Their Dark Mischief! *Seriously Be Careful--Do Not Trust Those Fairies!
The queen's son / Bettina von Arnim
Hans-my-hedgehog / Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm
The story of the hard nut / E.T.A. Hoffmann
Rip Van Winkle / Washington Irving
The luck of the bean-rows / Charles Nodier
Transformation / Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley
The nest of nightingales / Théophile Gautier
The fairytale about a dead body, belonging to no one knows whom / Vladimir Odoevsky
The story of the goblins who stole a sexton / Charles Dickens
The nose / Nikolai Gogol
The facts in the case of M. Valdemar / Edgar Allan Poe
The story of Jeon Unchi / Anonymous
Feathertop : a moralized legend / Nathaniel Hawthorne
Master Zacharius / Jules Verne
The frost-king : or, The power of love / Louisa May Alcott
The Tartarus of maids / Herman Melville
The magic mirror / George MacDonald
The diamond lens / Fitz-James O'Brien
Goblin market / Christina Rossetti
The will-o'-the-wisps are in town / Hans Christian Andersen
The legend of the pale maiden / Aleksis Kivi
Looking-glass house / Lewis Carroll
Furnica, or the queen of the ants / Carmen Sylva
The story of Iván the fool / Leo Tolstoy
The goophered grapevine / Charles W. Chestnutt
The bee-man of Orn / Frank R. Stockton
The remarkable rocket / Oscar Wilde
The ensouled violin / H.P. Blavatskaya
The death of Odjigh / Marcel Schwob
The terrestrial fire / Marcel Schwob
The kingdom of cards / Rabindranath Tagore
The other side : a Breton legend / Count Eric Stanlislaus Stenbock
The fulness of life / Edith Wharton
Prince Alberic and the snake lady / Vernon Lee
The little room / Madeline Yale Wynne
The plattner story / H.G. Wells
The Princess Baladina : her adventure / Willa Cather
The reluctant dragon / Kenneth Grahame
Iktomi tales / Zitkala-Ša
Marionettes / Louis Fréchette
Dance of the comets : an astral pantomime in two acts / Paul Scheerbart
The white people / Arthur Machen
Blamol / Gustav Meyrink
Goblins : a logging camp story / Louis Fréchette
Sowbread / Grazia Deledda
The angry street / G.K. Chesterton
The aunt and Amabel / E. Nesbit
Sacrifice / Aleksey Remizov
The princess steel / W.E.B. Du Bois
The hump / Fernán Caballero
The celestial omnibus / E.M. Forster
The legend of the ice babies / E. Pauline Johnson
The last redoubt / William Hope Hodgson
Jack Pumpkinhead and the sawhorse / L. Frank Baum
The plant men / Edgar Rice Burroughs
Strange news from another star / Hermann Hesse
The metamorphosis / Franz Kafka
The hoard of the gibbelins / Lord Dunsany
Through the dragon glass / A. Merritt
David Blaize and the blue door / E.F. Benson
The big bestiary of modern literature / Franz Blei
The alligator war / Horacio Quiroga
Friend island / Francis Stevens
Magic comes to a committee / Stella Benson
Gramophone of the ages / Yefim Zozulya
Joiwind / David Lindsay
Sound in the mountain / Maurice Renard
Sennin / Ryūnosuke Akutagawa
Koshtra Pivrarcha / E.R. Eddison
At the border / Der Nister
The marvelous exploits of Paul Bunyan / W.B. Laughead
Talkative domovoi / Aleksandr Grin
The ratcatcher / Aleksandr Grin
The shadow kingdom / Robert E. Howard
The man traveling with the brocade portrait / Edogawa Ranpo
A visit to the museum / Vladimir Nabokov
The water sprite's tale / Karel Čapek
The capital of cat country / Lao She
Coyote stories / Mourning Dove
Uncle Monday / Zora Neale Hurston
Rose-Cold, moon skater / María Teresa León
A night of the high season / Bruno Schulz
The influence of the sun / Fernand Dumont
The town of cats / Hagiwara Sakutarō
The debutante / Leonora Carrington
The jewels in the forest / Fritz Leiber
Evening primrose / John Collier
The coming of the white worm / Clark Ashton Smith
The man who could walk through walls / Marcel Aymé
Leaf by niggle / J.R.R. Tolkien.

Published Reviews
Publisher's Weekly Review: "The VanderMeers (The Big Book of Science Fiction) compile an impressive cross-section of early fantasy in this fascinating anthology of 90 stories. They limit their selections to pieces appearing from the early 1800s to WWII and define fantasy broadly to encompass stories where the unreal intrudes into the real without primarily causing fear. Familiar stories, including Washington Irving's "Rip Van Winkle" and Franz Kafka's "The Metamorphosis," appear alongside more obscure ones, such as Der Nister's "At the Border," a Yiddish story with strong Jewish mystical elements. Readers may be surprised to see fantasy works from authors known for more realist fiction, including Louisa May Alcott, Willa Cather, E.M. Forster, and Rabindranath Tagore. W.B. Laughead's original Paul Bunyan tales share space with Native American coyote folktales retold by Mourning Dove; Asia is represented by works such as Edogawa Ranpo's disappearing-person mystery "The Man Traveling with the Brocade Portrait" and an excerpt from Lao She's Cat Country; and there are numerous stories from the rest of the world. Though clearly meant more for academic use than for cover-to-cover pleasure-reading, this sweeping panorama of fantasy is a must-have for those interested in the roots of modern fantasy, and it gives a welcome introduction to many unexpected delights. Agent: Sally Harding, CookeMcDermid. (July) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved."
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Additional Information
Subjects Short stories.
Fantasy fiction.
Publisher New York :Vintage Books,2019
Other Titles Classic fantasy
Contributors VanderMeer, Ann, editor.
VanderMeer, Jeff, editor.
Language English
Notes "A Vintage Books original"--Title page verso.
Description xix, 822 pages ; 24 cm
ISBN 9780525435563
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