Encyclopedia of Fantasy (1997)
Ipcar, Dahlov

(1917-2017) US painter, illustrator and writer. Her first illustrations were for The Little Fisherman (1945 chap), a tale for younger children by Margaret Wise Brown; she also wrote and illustrated several picture books for children, beginning with Animal Hide and Seek (graph 1947). Her first fantasy novel, The Warlock of Night (1969), is built around a Chess match conducted between the Land of Night and the Land of Day, and includes an omniscient raven (> Talking Animals). The Queen of Spells (1973), expands in Twice-Told fashion the folk ballad Tam Lin, though concentrating on the young woman who, in love with Tom Linn (sic), must undergo a variety of ordeals to gain him back. A Dark Horn Blowing (1978) much more complexly applies twice-told techniques as it combines several ballads into the tale of a young woman abducted into Faerie to nurse the son of the king of Elves; through Metamorphosis and trials she gradually gains the allegiance of the king's son, who helps her escape and himself faces down his now-dead father in a re-enactment of the Wild Hunt. DI's short fiction appears in The Nightmare and her Foal, and Other Stories (coll 1990). Her text is atmospheric and densely conceived. [JC]

Dahlov Zorach Ipcar


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