Masterpieces of Fantasy and Wonder - Edited by David G. Hartwell - 1989 Hardback

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Blurb: “An enormously rich and varied collec-tion, Masterpieces of Fantasy and Wonder contains thirty-eight outstanding selections that represent the best short fantasy fiction of the last two centuries.

Among the great classic and contemporary authors featured are Charles Dickens, J. M. Barrie, William Morris, Ursula K. Le Guin, Jack Vance, Graham Greene, Peter S. Beagle, and Harlan Ellison, with special inclusion of such stories as Isaac Bashevis Singer's "The Parrot" and Mark Twain's "The Facts Concerning the Recent Carnival of Crime in Connecticut" that have never before been printed as "fantasy."

Together they offer a marvelous escape into fantastic worlds of wonder where even ordinary folks can come face 

to face with supernatural forces and other kinds of magic.

For instance, in this treasure trove of fantasy are:

  • "The Third Level" by Jack Finney, in which a young man discovers, while hurrying home from work, an extra level in Grand Central Station, and a whole new way of life.
  • "The Harrowing of the Dragon of Hoarsbreath" by Patricia A. McKillip, a science fantasy about an island on another planet where miners search for gold and a great dragon sleeps coiled around the treasure they seek.
  • "Lest Levitation Come Upon Us" by Suzette Haden Elgin, a witty tale in which the wife of a prominent lawyer discovers to her dismay that she seems to have become a saint, miracles and all.

As you'll soon discover, many other delights and surprises await you in this exceptional collection of the endlessly fascinating, multifaceted worlds of fantasy and wonder.

David G. Hartwell is the editor of several fantasy and science fiction antholo-gies, including Masterpieces of Fantasy and Enchantment, The World Treasury of Science Fiction, and The Dark De-scent, and the author of Age of Wonders:

Exploring the World of Science Fiction.

He has received five Hugo nominations as Best Editor.“