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Masterpieces of Fantasy and Wonder

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A rich & varied collection of the best short fantasy fiction of the last two centuries. Escape into the fantastic worlds of Charles Dickens, J.M. Barrie, Graham Greene, Harlan Ellison, and others found in these 38 magical tales.
Hardcover, bonded leather fibers, 672 pages
Published September 28th 1993 by Longmeadow Press
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Nov 04, 2011 Werner rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Fans of well-written fantasy and/or supernatural fiction
July 2, 2011
Hartwell is a respected anthologist in the field of speculative fiction, so when I got a good deal on this collection a couple of years ago, I grabbed it up. His objective here (set forth in his short Introduction) was to bring together a spectrum of quality works that were not often anthologized, and wherever possible to represent authors not usually associated with the genre, and works that stretch its conventions and definitions. (Indeed, his own definition of "fantasy" is pretty
Aug 12, 2011 John rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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To be honest - I don't like fantasy all that much. This book probably deserves more than three stars, as I'm sure all the stories are excellent.

The only reason I own this book is for the short story "Darkness Box" by Ursula K. Le Guin. It's one of the most perfectly crafted short form stories ever written!
Jan 21, 2015 Dan rated it liked it
After twenty years and two aborted attempts, I have finally finished this book.

Spoilers: I didn't read everything. While there are some really great pieces like "Lest Levitation Come Upon Us" by Sizette Haden Elgin and John Brunner's "The Things That Are Gods", by and large these are not "masterpieces", and the stories grow tiresome as one approaches the end of the collection. Call me myopic, but quite a lot of the styles represented here went out of fashion a long time ago, and there's a reason
As a teen I bought a ton of books through the Science Fiction book club, especially anthologies that had even one author I liked in them. Most of those anthologies were crap, many should have come with a warning that the stories were actually erotica, and one or two were keepers. This is one of the keeper, in fact, it's one of the dozen or so books I took to college, entirely on my deep love for the very first story, Green is the Color. I don't remember most of the other stories in this (and hav ...more
Aug 11, 2007 Min rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
John M. Ford's Green Is the Color, Frank R. Stockton's The Griffin and the Minor Canon, and Peter S. Beagle's Lila the Werewolf. These were the reasons I purchased this book, but I was very pleased to find other equally wonderful shorts in this compilation. I like to read good short stories now and again, and this volume has some very good ones.
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Jun 08, 2015 Johanna Haas rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Broad look at the fantasy genre from its beginnings to the eighties. This book includes short stories from many of the early voices in fantasy - Morris, Twain, Dickens - as well as more contemporary masters - LeGuin, Ellison, McKinley. It also spans fantasy beyond mere sword and sorcery - into mystery, alien worlds, horror, and works that can only be broadly described as speculative fiction.
Aug 18, 2008 Velveeta rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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just started reading it, only about 1/3 of the way thru, but i like the themed sections and the story choices so far. have a lot of hartwell anthologies, so i am looking forward to seeing if the other collections match the (so far) quality of this one.
Masterpieces of Fantasy and Wonder by David G. Hartwell (1994)
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David Geddes Hartwell was an American editor of science fiction and fantasy. He worked for Signet (1971-1973), Berkley Putnam (1973-1978), Pocket (where he founded the Timescape imprint, 1978-1983, and created the Pocket Books Star Trek publishing line), and Tor (where he spearheaded Tor's Canadian publishing initiative, and was also influential in bringing many Australian writers to the US market ...more
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