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Modern Arthurian Fiction

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1aulsmith
Nov 14, 2014, 9:55pm

I started a list of modern Arthurian Fiction based on the bibliography of Raymond H. Thompson's The Return from Avalon: a study of the Arthurian legend in modern fiction. It could use your help.

You can add books/stories that aren't listed, vote up or down on books you liked, and make comments on the books by clicking on "Explain your choice."

Thanks very much.

2Crypto-Willobie
Nov 14, 2014, 10:28pm

I'm probably an idiot but I couldn't find thislist from the List Home page, had to dig around. So for convenience here's the link (right?) http://www.librarything.com/list/9916/all/Modern-Arthurian-Fiction#

3Crypto-Willobie
Nov 14, 2014, 10:36pm

As I was looking up an Arthurian item I happened on this page which mentions some other Arthurian bibliographies http://www.jstor.org/discover/10.2307/27869084?uid=3739704&uid=2129&uid=...

4Crypto-Willobie
Nov 14, 2014, 11:09pm

And... how liberally do you want to define "Arthurian"... or for that matter, "modern" or "fiction"?

- Is Robert Holdstock's Merlin Codex trilogy Arthurian enough simply because it features Merlin even though most of it has little to do with the matter of Britain?

- Would an Arthurian tale written in, say, 1850 make it in?

- Does Tolkien's original poem Fall of Arthur count as fiction for our purposes?

5aulsmith
Nov 15, 2014, 9:10am

Thank you very much, especially for the link. That was very stupid of me not to include it.

As to your questions:

Arthurian - I have no objections to being liberal in the definition, but if it doesn't deal with the Matter of Britain in some at least tangential way, put a note on it (example: Features Merlin, but not related to Arthur)

Time period: I'd say anything from 1800 on is modern enough

Fiction: Any narrative fiction including poetry, plays and short stories, though passing references in short poems, such as Miniver Cheevy, should probably be skipped.

Which means I should go add the Tennyson ...

Thanks for adding to the list!

6Crypto-Willobie
Nov 15, 2014, 9:30am

I have more to add... I was wading through my 'Arthurian' tag when the Holdstock question pulled me up short.

So I suppose edited anthologies of short fiction (such as those by Mike Ashley) should come in? Much of what is in those can be found in single-author collections, or they are excepts from longer works already on the list; but some of it will be exclusive to the anthology, at least as far as our list is concerned.

7aulsmith
Nov 15, 2014, 10:57am

>6 Crypto-Willobie: Sounds good.