Encyclopedia of Fantasy (1997)
Garnett, Richard

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(1835-1906) UK writer and scholar who spent much of his career working for the British Museum library. Active as an editor, biographer and poet, he also produced the deft and delicate fantasies in The Twilight of the Gods (coll 1888; exp from 16 items to 28 1903; illus with intro by T E Lawrence [1888-1935] 1924). The tales gather motifs eclectically from various mythologies, and display them in whimsical fables whose moral is that Epicurean humanism is always to be preferred to Puritan intolerance. The title story tracks the career of Prometheus after his liberation, when he lives with the last priestess of Apollo – who takes a more active role in several other stories, including "The Poet of Panopolis". "The Demon Pope", "The Bell of St Euschemon" and "Alexander the Ratcatcher" (1897) are fine examples of English Literary Satanism (see Satan). [BS]

Richard Garnett


This entry is taken from the Encyclopedia of Fantasy (1997) edited by John Clute and John Grant. It is provided as a reference and resource for users of the SF Encyclopedia, but apart from possible small corrections has not been updated.