Encyclopedia of Fantasy (1997)

The most celebrated sorceress of Greek Mythology. She turned Odysseus's crew into swine but was ultimately outwitted by him. When Glaucus preferred Scylla she turned that rival into a hideous Monster. The most elaborate account of her in modern fantasy fiction is in Eden Phillpotts's Circe's Island (1925); more ironic depictions can be found in Maurice Baring's "The Island" (1909), Henry Kuttner's The Mask of Circe (1948; 1971) and Margaret St Clair's "Mrs Hawk" (1950). Interesting de-supernaturalized characterizations are in John Erskine's Penelope's Man (1927) and Storm Constantine's "Poisoning the Sea" (1992). [BS]

This entry is taken from the Encyclopedia of Fantasy (1997) edited by John Clute and John Grant. It is provided as a reference and resource for users of the SF Encyclopedia, but apart from possible small corrections has not been updated.