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The Compleat Enchanter by L. Sprague de Camp and Fletcher Pratt, Nelson Doubleday, 1975
The Compleat Enchanter by L. Sprague de Camp and Fletcher Pratt, Nelson Doubleday, 1975

The Compleat Enchanter: The Magical Misadventures of Harold Shea is an omnibus collection of three classic fantasy stories by science fiction and fantasy authors L. Sprague de Camp and Fletcher Pratt, gathering material previously published in two volumes as The Incomplete Enchanter (1941) and The Castle of Iron (1950), the first two books in their Harold Shea series, with the essay "Fletcher and I," de Camp's paean to his deceased collaborator. The collection was first published in hardcover by Nelson Doubleday in 1975 as an offering for its Science Fiction Book Club, and was reissued in paperback by Del Rey Books in 1976. Minus the essay, it has more recently been combined with Wall of Serpents (1960), the third book of the series in the omnibus edition The Complete Compleat Enchanter (1989). This book had been left out of The Compleat Enchanter due to "considerations of space and ... contractual considerations." (Afterword, p. 338) The stories in the collection were originally published in the magazine Unknown in the issues for May and August, 1940 and April, 1941. L. Sprague de Camp from the cover of Time and Chance: an Autobiography, Donald M. Grant, 1996 Lyon Sprague de Camp, (November 27, 1907, New York City – November 6, 2000, Plano, Texas) was an American science fiction and fantasy author. ... Murray Fletcher Pratt (1897–1956) was a science fiction and fantasy writer; he was also well-known as a writer on naval history and on the American Civil War. ... Nelson Doubleday (b. ... 1975 (MCMLXXV) was a common year starting on Wednesday. ... haha For other meanings see Fantasy (disambiguation) Fantasy is a genre of art that uses magic and other supernatural forms as a primary element of plot, theme, or setting. ... Science fiction is a form of speculative fiction principally dealing with the impact of imagined science and technology, or both, upon society and persons as individuals. ... haha For other meanings see Fantasy (disambiguation) Fantasy is a genre of art that uses magic and other supernatural forms as a primary element of plot, theme, or setting. ... L. Sprague de Camp from the cover of Time and Chance: an Autobiography, Donald M. Grant, 1996 Lyon Sprague de Camp, (November 27, 1907, New York City – November 6, 2000, Plano, Texas) was an American science fiction and fantasy author. ... Murray Fletcher Pratt (1897–1956) was a science fiction and fantasy writer; he was also well-known as a writer on naval history and on the American Civil War. ... The Roaring Trumpet in Unknown, May 1940 Harold Shea was a name given to a series of stories by L. Sprague deCamp, Fletcher Pratt, and in some cases Christopher Stasheff. ... The Roaring Trumpet in Unknown, May 1940 Harold Shea was a name given to a series of stories by L. Sprague deCamp, Fletcher Pratt, and in some cases Christopher Stasheff. ... The Roaring Trumpet in Unknown, May 1940 Harold Shea was a name given to a series of fantasy stories by the collaborative team of L. Sprague de Camp and Fletcher Pratt, which was later continued by de Camp alone, Christopher Stasheff, Holly Lisle, John Maddox Roberts, Roland J. Green, Frieda... Nelson Doubleday (b. ... 1975 (MCMLXXV) was a common year starting on Wednesday. ... The Book of the Month Club (founded 1923) is a mail-order business where consumers are offered a new book each month. ... Del Rey Books is a branch of Ballantine Books, which is owned by Random House. ... 1976 (MCMLXXVI) was a leap year starting on Thursday. ... The Roaring Trumpet in Unknown, May 1940 Harold Shea was a name given to a series of stories by L. Sprague deCamp, Fletcher Pratt, and in some cases Christopher Stasheff. ... Sinister Barrier by Eric Frank Russell Unknown (also known as Unknown Worlds) was a pulp fantasy magazine, edited by John W. Campbell, that was published from 1939 to 1943. ...


The Harold Shea stories are parallel world tales in which universes where magic works coexist with our own, and in which those based on the mythologies, legends, and literary fantasies of our world and can be reached by aligning one's mind to them by a system of symbolic logic. Psychologist Harold Shea and his colleagues Reed Chalmers, Walter Bayard, and Vaclav Polacek (Votsy), travel to several such worlds, joined in the course of their adventures by Belphebe and Florimel of Faerie, who become the wives of Shea and Chalmers, and Pete Brodsky, a policeman who is accidentally swept up into the chaos. The three stories collected in The Compleat Enchanter explore the worlds of Norse mythology in "The Roaring Trumpet," Edmund Spenser's The Faerie Queene in "The Mathematics of Magic," and Ludovico Ariosto's Orlando Furioso (with a brief stop in Samuel Taylor Coleridge's Kubla Khan) in "The Castle of Iron." Parallel universe, alternate reality, etc. ... Norse or Scandinavian mythology comprises the pre-Christian religion, beliefs and legends of the Scandinavian people, including those who settled on Iceland, where the written sources for Norse mythology were assembled. ... Edmund Spenser Edmund Spenser (c. ... Una and the Lion by Briton Rivière The Faerie Queene is an epic poem by Edmund Spenser, first published in 1590 (the first half) with the more or less complete version being published in 1596. ... Ludovico Ariosto (September 8, 1474 – July 6, 1533) was an Italian poet, author of the epic poem Orlando furioso (1516), Orlando Enraged. He was born at Reggio, in Emilia. ... Ruggiero Rescuing Angelica by Jean Auguste Dominique Ingres. ... Samuel Taylor Coleridge, English poet, 1795 Samuel Taylor Coleridge (October 21, 1772 – July 25, 1834) was an English poet, critic, and philosopher who was, along with his friend William Wordsworth, one of the founders of the Romantic Movement in England and one of the Lake Poets. ... Kubla Khan, whose complete title is Kubla Khan, or a Vision in a Dream. ...


Contents:

  • "The Roaring Trumpet"
  • "The Mathematics of Magic"
  • "The Castle of Iron"
  • "Afterword: Fletcher and I"
Preceded by:
none
Harold Shea Series
The Compleat Enchanter
(= The Incomplete Enchanter
and The Castle of Iron)
Succeeded by:
Wall of Serpents

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L Sprague de Camp and Fletcher Pratt: The Compleat Enchanter - an infinity plus review (1046 words)
The Compleat Enchanter tales are seen as the ancestors of that strain of comic fantasy which has reached its current peak in the works of Terry Pratchett.
Remove that premise and there is no basis for the punchline; almost always, the joke is not funny but just sort of silly and trivial.
And this is an ongoing problem with the Compleat Enchanter tales as entertainment.
The Compleat Piers Anthony (1419 words)
I decided to use "Compleat" as originally I thought it an English term or spelling.
The book was neither complete—I understand it was somewhat rambling, with much folklore and false information—nor was it necessarily spelled that way, but it has become a useful linguistic icon.
This site is one fan's dedication to the literary works of author Piers Anthony and is designed for education and review purposes and to highlight the web author's collection.
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