The Encyclopedia of Fantasy. Front Cover. John Clute, John Grant. St. Martin’s Press, Mar 15, – Literary Criticism – pages. Written by John Clute and John Grant, it’s a compendium of information movie was released, Encyclopedia of Fantasy will be there for you. The Encyclopedia of Fantasy has ratings and 22 reviews. Kingsley Amis The Encyclopedia of Science Fiction by John Clute Supergods by Grant Morrison .

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One thing I really like is that neither book discriminates against the more “literary” figures Angela Carter, Salman Rushdie, etc who sometimes are given short shrift in genre-geeky references.

They are in short enthusiastic supporters of the genre as a whole, and I can’t think of many writers who have done half as well at grasping the enormity of this gigantic and wonderful field of literature. Includes infromation on authors as well as themese, styles, and stock characters. Tolkien who have many posthumously published fragments, are explained with admirable clarity. Getting the Sf Encyclopedia complete and accurate remains our priority.

You are commenting using your WordPress. It is still worth its weight; however, as it lists a history of movies and books with titles and the explanations of their stories. One person found this helpful. If there is a better reference work for the fantasy genre, I don’t know what it is. Many thanks for this, and kohn to David for all his hard work.


It is set up like an Encyclopedia necyclopedia terms listed in alphabetical order. What you WILL get though is the best reference work covering the major authors, books, films, countries with fantasy writing traditions, comics, magazines, and themes and concepts in the field.

This book should never be very far from you.

I don’t think it’s an exaggeration to say that The Encyclopedia of Fantasy has had more influence on me as a encyclpoedia than has any other book.

Alexa Actionable Analytics for the Web. Retrieved 1 December We are not updating the Fantasy Encyclopedia, at least for the moment. It opened my eyes to so many books and authors — and, more importantly, a way of thinking about fantasy fiction that really strucka chord with me.

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The works ebcyclopedia prolific and confusing authors such as Michael Moorcock, as well as authors such as J. This would make a truly remarkable resource, and should be easier to maintain and update than two separate encyclopedias.

So, what magic did this book work on me to earn its five amazing stars? The Fall of Gondolin.

The Encyclopedia of Fantasy

Alexander rated it really liked it Jul 09, An entry about an author highlights themes covered elsewhere in bold face, and vice versa. Although there are articles on unicorns and dragons in fantastic literature, there is no entry covering griffins. About entries which have corresponding entries in The Encyclopedia of Science Fiction: Good all around source.

Written and compiled by a team of editors with unparalleled collective experience in the field, it is an invaluable reference for anyone interested in the art of the fantastic. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.


In a world which is growing ever more complex chaotic, if you willthe skill to be prepared for the unexpected is becoming vital.

The Encyclopedia of Fantasy by John Clute

Clute is still in negotiations to issue the Encyclopedia on CD-Rom. Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. Cllute Review – Flag as inappropriate hartwell InClute published the essay collection The Darkening Garden: A Short Lexicon of Horror. Since Novemberthe full text of Encycloperia Encyclopedia of Fantasy is available on-line, as a companion to the on-line Encyclopedia of Science Fiction.

This masterful follow-up to the Encyclopedia of Science Fiction is an essential purchase for anyone who’s serious about fantasy. I can’t live without it now.

Xenophon Hendrix rated it it was amazing Mar 22, Johnn writing is generally serious, and I like the fact that “objectivity” isn’t always the highest goal; no matter how popular a book or author may be, Clute et al are not afraid to cut them down to size, though never maliciously.