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Literary Swordsmen and Sorcerers

By L. Sprague deCamp

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An SF Gateway eBook: bringing the classics to the future.

Stories contained in this book:

The Swords of Faerie
Jack of all Arts: William Morris
Two Men in One: Lord Dunsany
Eldritch Yankee Gentleman: H. P. Lovecraft
Superman in a Bowler: E. R. Eddison
The Miscast Barbarian: Robert E. Howard
Parallel Worlds: Fletcher Pratt
Sierran Shaman: Clark Ashton Smith
Merlin in Tweeds: J. R. R. Tolkien
The Architect of Camelot: T. H. White
Conan's Compeers

Biographical Notes

L. Sprague de Camp (1907 - 2000)
Lyon Sprague de Camp was born in 1907 and died in 2000. During a writing career that spanned seven decades, he wrote over a hundred books in the areas of science fiction, fantasy, historical fiction, non-fiction and biography. Although arguably best known for his continuation of Robert E. Howard's Conan stories, de Camp was an important figure in the formative period of modern SF, alongside the likes of Isaac Asimov and Robert A. Heinlein, and was a winner of the Hugo, World Fantasy Life Achievement and SFWA Grand Master awards.

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  • ISBN: 9780575103634
  • Publication date: 30 Jun 2014
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  • Imprint: Gateway
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