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Standard Disclaimer:

This is a brief discussion of Tanith Lee and, of course, of some speculative-fiction books by Lee.

This discussion and list does not necessarily include every book by Lee: 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 Lee tells, how those tales are usually told, and what makes them and Lee worthy; in sum, to help you rank Tanith Lee (and the works by Lee listed here) on your personal literary “to do” list.


A Few Words About Tanith Lee

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 Tanith Lee Resources

Tanith Lee Resources on the Web

The place to start is Daughter of the Night, which has—among many other things—an extraordinarily rich annotated bibliography, the very model of how such a thing should be done.

Other pages (by no means an exhaustive list) of note concerning Lee include:

A few useful appreciations also exist: at Morbid Outlook there is Delirium’s Mistress: The Weird & Beautiful Fiction Of Tanith Lee; Gene Hargrove has Tales From the Flat Earth: A Review; and “Allie” has a brief and adulative but readable note at Tanith Lee: For the Love of Language.

There are some interviews on line too: 1994, with Tablua Rasa; 1998, with Locus; and an undated session with Darrell Schweitzer.

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Tanith Lee Resources in Print

There is a book entitled The Hidden Library of Tanith Lee: Themes and Subtexts from Dionysos to the Immortal Gene by Mavis Haut; I know little of it, but there it is.

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Notable Science-Fiction and Fantasy Books by Tanith Lee ****

(For more possible titles by this author, see the “Unrated Books by Rated Authors” page.)

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