Who invented the modern fantasy genre?

Otter Perry ottertee at silverwinggraphics.com
Sun Aug 22 13:31:22 EDT 2004

On Saturday, August 21, 2004, at 07:42 AM, minnow at belfry.org.uk wrote:

> When trying to remember what fantasy I was reading in the late sixties 
> (and
> reluctantly leaving Peter S. Beagle out of it as having been rather 
> ignored
> by most people) I am reminded that Andre Norton's *Witch World* series 
> got
> going in, um 1963?  There was also Anne McCaffrey's Dragonlot, 
> starting in
> 1970: she claims they're SF, but honestly, I think the early ones were 
> pure
> FantasyLand really.  That's just a bit before Thomas Covenant too, 
> those
> were 1977.  I'd say either of those two writers had more influence on 
> what
> got written later than Donaldson did.

Ooooooh!  I _love_ Peter Beagle.


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