Wednesday, June 26, 2002

Fantasy comprises a large portion of the fiction that I read (along with science fiction, horror, and so-called "interstitial" fiction). Every genre, though, has subgenres, and within fantasy I have a particular fondness for works based on the legends of King Arthur and, going farther back, on the mythology of ancient Britain -- particularly Wales.

The Welsh national epic is called The Mabinogion, and one of its finest tellings -- by Evangeline Walton -- has been reissued in hardback. Walton is one of the leading lights of twentieth century fantasy, and her Mabinogion cycle -- consisting of The Prince of Annwn, The Children of Llyr, The Song of Rhiannon, and The Island of the Mighty -- is a towering masterpiece by one of twentieth century fantasy's leading lights. I was fortunate enough to acquire this work in its last reissue ten years ago, but I am thrilled that the work is again available. Any lover of fantasy and mythic fiction must read Walton's Mabinogion.

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