Fantastic Worlds: Myths, Tales, and Stories

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Fantastic Worlds
Myths, Tales, and Stories

Edited and with Commentaries by ERIC S. RABKIN

OXFORD UNIVERSITY PRESS

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Table of contents

Table of contents

  • Title Page iii
  • Acknowledgments v
  • Preface xi
  • Table of Contents xiii
  • Introduction 3
  • The Sources of the Fantastic 27
  • Myth 41
  • The First Book of Moses, Called Genesis King James Version 41
  • The Blackfoot Genesis 47
  • The Eye of the Giant 53
  • How I Brought Death into the World 56
  • The Myth of Actaeon Ovid 62
  • The Myth of Narcissus 66
  • The Myth of Philomela 72
  • Folktale 80
  • The Ghost Wife 80
  • The Magic Swan Geese 82
  • Why Tortoise's Shell Is Not Smooth 84
  • How Mr. Rabbit Was Too Sharp for Mr. Fox 87
  • Paul Bunyan on the Columbia 89
  • Fairy Tale 96
  • Little Red-Cap 96
  • The Sleeping Beauty 100
  • Hansel and Grethel 104
  • The Tinderbox 112
  • The Tale of Cosmo 120
  • Leaf by Niggle 141
  • The Diversity of Fantastic Literature 161
  • Fantasy 175
  • Our Ideas of Time 175
  • Ritter Gluck: A Recollection from the Year 1809 179
  • The Oval Portrait 190
  • The Garden of Live Flowers 194
  • The Secret Life of Walter Mitty 202
  • The Royal Banquet 208
  • Horror Fiction 214
  • The Sandman 214
  • The Black Cat 247
  • The Picture in the House 257
  • Ghost Stories 266
  • The Hand 266
  • The Moonlit Road 274
  • Lost Hearts 284
  • Heroic Fantasy 294
  • Golden Wings 294
  • The Sword of Welleran 311
  • The Five Black Swans 325
  • Science Fiction 333
  • The Facts in the Case of M. Valdemar 333
  • The Birthmark 343
  • The Star 360
  • Epicac 372
  • The Third Level 380
  • The Star 385
  • Modern Fantasy 393
  • The Judgment 399
  • A Common Confusion 410
  • Cockroaches 411
  • Pierre Menard, Author of the Quixote 415
  • Axolotl 424
  • Pastoral 430
  • All at One Point 438
  • There Is No Such Place as America 443
  • The Piano Player 450
  • Homage to the San Francisco YMCA 453
  • The Marker 456
  • The Zebra Storyteller 460
  • Annotated Bibliography 463
  • Index 475
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