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This is a brief discussion of John Crowley and, of course, of some speculative-fiction books by Crowley.
This discussion and list does not necessarily include every book by Crowley: it includes only those books that I both know and like. Just as with the author list itself, omission of a particular item may mean I didn’t think highly enough of the omitted item, or it may simply mean that I have not yet sufficient familiarity with it. (In a very few cases, I have listed some books merely on the strength of my opinion of the author: all such books are clearly marked below, as throughout these lists, with a hash mark (#) before the title so you know what’s what.)
I don’t pretend that this discussion is a deep analysis. My intent is no more than to give you a rough idea of what kinds of tales Crowley tells, how those tales are usually told, and what makes them and Crowley worthy; in sum, to help you rank John Crowley (and the works by Crowley listed here) on your personal literary “to do” list.
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A Few Words About John Crowley
Regrettably, I have not yet had an opportunity to write an essay on this author, but the "Other Resources" section below will lead you to some information about the "Notable Books" listed
farther down this page.
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Other John Crowley Resources
(A note for would-be researchers: there are several other John Crowleys with web pages about them. Caveat lector.)
Crowley maintains his own blog, Little and Big, which is an obvious first resource; there
is also a whole site devoted to Little, Big. There is a useful "Books by John Crowley" overview of Crowley's oeuvre by Richard Gehr, while The Fiction of John Crowley includes several useful reviews by webmaster Bill McClain
of individual books (regrettably, a review of the fourth "Aegypt" novel has not yet appeared). Strange Horizons has a review of Aegypt that is actually a review of the entire
"Aegypt" cycle. And Waggish has a review of Great Work of
There are, inevitably, numerous interviews. The above-mentioned "Litle, Big" site has an extensive one, "An Orrery in Search of an Ephemeris"; another, with
Nick Gevers, appears at SciFi.com; IndieBound has one, The Secret
History of John Crowley; and yet
another appears at brothercyst.
The lists above are far from exhaustive: there are many more Crowley-related pages. As always, Google Is Your Friend.
Notable Science-Fiction and Fantasy Books by John Crowley ***
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