1984 – Fantasists on Fantasy – On Fairy-Stories, To W.H. Auden – Trade Paperback – Robert H. Boyer and Kenneth J. Zahorski – Avon Books

Editor Robert H. Boyer and Kenneth J. Zahorski
Publisher New York, N.Y.: Avon Books
Released February 1984
Format Paperback (6.7 x 4.1 x 0.7 inches)
Pages 287
ISBN 0-380-86553-X

Fantasists on Fantasy: A Collection of Critical Reflections by Eighteen Masters of the Art is a collection of essays which includes two works by J.R.R. Tolkien: “Fantasy” (excerpt from “On Fairy-Stories”) and “To W.H. Auden”.

Tolkien is treated in the “Introduction” (pp. 1-11) where the various contributions are compared and commented upon; “John Ronald Reuel Tolkien (1892-1973)” (pp. 75-77), a short biography with comments to the two contributions by Tolkien; “Peter S. Beagle (1939-)” (pp. 125-128) in which his contribution on Tolkien is commented upon on p. 127-128; Peter S. Beagle: “Tolkien’s magic Ring” (pp. 128-136 – a reprint from Holiday, vol. 39, pp. 128, 130, 133-134); Ursula K. LeGuin: “Dreams must explain themselves” (pp. 184-194 – a reprint from The Language of the Night: Essays on Fantasy and Science Fiction); LeGuin’s “From Elfland to Poughkeepsie” (pp. 195-209 – also reprinted from The Language of the Night)

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