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Grandmothers of Fantasy Fiction

Nyki Blatchley has a great follow-up at Fantasy Faction to Leo Elijah Cristea’s previous post on the “grandfathers” of fantasy, highlighting classic female fantasy writers (up to about 1980) from Ann Radcliffe and Mary Shelley to Marion Zimmer Bradley and Anne McCaffery. He concludes,

Today, whatever inequalities still remain, fantasy written by women is too common to need any special note. It’s unlikely, though, that this would have been possible without pioneers like Shelley, Nesbit, Moore, Norton, LeGuin, Bradley and the rest. They deserve to be honoured for what they made possible, as well as for the classic quality of their works.

As with the aforementioned post from Cristea, this one is definitely worth a read.



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