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Published on Jan 20, 2009
Swords and Sorcery is a 1963 anthology of fantasy short stories in the sword and sorcery subgenre, edited by L. Sprague de Camp and illustrated by Virgil Finlay. It was first published in paperback by Pyramid Books. It has the distinction of being the first sword and sorcery anthology ever assembled, and paved the way for three additional such anthologies edited by de Camp and many more produced by other editors and publishers. It has also been translated into German.
The book collects eight sword and sorcery tales by various authors, with an overall introduction by de Camp. The piece by Poul Anderson would later become one of the foundational stories of the Thieves' World shared world anthologies edited by Robert Asprin and Lynn Abbey.
Contents * "Introduction: Heroic Fantasy" (L. Sprague de Camp) * "The Valor of Cappen Varra" (Poul Anderson) * "The Distressing Tale of Thangobrind the Jeweler" (Lord Dunsany) * "Shadows in the Moonlight" (Robert E. Howard) * "The Citadel of Darkness" (Henry Kuttner) * "While the Sea King's Away" (Fritz Leiber) * "The Doom that Came to Sarnath" (H. P. Lovecraft) * "Hellsgarde" (C. L. Moore) * "The Testament of Athammaus" (Clark Ashton Smith)