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A Short History of Fantasy–Part 7
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In part 6, we looked at some of those works published in the fantasy boom of the 40s, 50s, and 60s. The popularity of fantasy literature exploded in the second part of the 20th century. Because of this, we won’t … Continue reading

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A Short History of Fantasy–Part 6
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In part 5, we looked at the fantasy of the 20th century until the beginning of World War II. Not much noteworthy fantasy was published during the war, but some great works appeared shortly thereafter. In this part, we’ll look … Continue reading

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A Short History of Fantasy–Part 5
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In part 4, we looked at the fantasy of the nineteenth century. This section of the short history of fantasy covers the period from the beginnings of the 20th century until the beginning of World War II. In the 20th … Continue reading

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A Short History of Fantasy–Part 4
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In part 3, we explored the fantasy of the 16th, 17th, and 18th centuries. Now, we’ll look at the nineteenth century when what we think of as modern fantasy really got its start. It was mainly in Victorian England that … Continue reading

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A Short History of Fantasy–Part 3
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In part 2, we explored the fantasy of the Middle Ages. Now, let’s look at the growth of fantasy in the 16th, 17th, and 18th centuries. In 1516, Ludovico Ariosto published his first version of Orlando Furioso, a romatic fantasy … Continue reading

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A Short History of Fantasy–Part 2
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In part 1, we looked at some fantastic tales written in ancient times. Fantasy began to be seen even more often in written works of the Middle Ages. Some of the more influential works are listed in the table below. … Continue reading

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A Short History of Fantasy–Part 1
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Fantasy is probably as old as language. As far as we can tell, people were making up stories to explain things they thought of as supernatural in very early times. Take for example the stories of the Amerinds and the … Continue reading

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