Masterpieces of Fantasy and Wonder Author:David G. Hartwell An enormously rich and varied collection, 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 Gree... more »ne, 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, multifacted worlds of fantasy and wonder.« less