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Literary Swordsmen and Sorcerers

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Literary Swordsmen and Sorcerers: The Makers of Heroic Fantasy
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AuthorL. Sprague de Camp
Foreword byLin Carter
IllustratorTim Kirk (jacket)
PublisherSauk City, Wisconsin: Arkham House Publishers
FormatHardcover with dustjacket

Literary Swordsmen and Sorcerers: The Makers of Heroic Fantasy is a collection of articles by L. Sprague de Camp.

Chapter IX, "Merlin in Tweeds: J.R.R. Tolkien" (based on the article "White Wizard in Tweeds", Fantastic Stories November 1976), is a literary analysis of the works of J.R.R. Tolkien. The article also includes recollections of and a quote from Tolkien noted by de Camp during his visit in 1967 (see pp. 243-4).


  • I. "The Swords of Faërie"
  • II. "Jack of All Arts: William Morris"
  • III. "Two Men in One: Lord Dunsany"
  • IV. "Eldritch Yankee Gentleman: H.P. Lovecraft"
  • V. "Superman in a Bowler: E.R. Eddison"
  • VI. "The Miscast Barbarian: Robert E. Howard"
  • VII. "Parallel Worlds: Fletcher Pratt"
  • VIII. "Sierran Shaman: Clark Ashton Smith"
  • IX. "Merlin in Tweeds: J.R.R. Tolkien"
  • X. "The Architect of Camelot: T.H. White"
  • XI. "Conan's Compeers"
  • Notes
  • Index