Encyclopedia of Fantasy (1997)
Lamb, Harold

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(1892-1962) US writer whose fiction and nonfiction tended to focus on the Near East and Asia. He began publishing fantasy with Marching Sands (1920), a Lost-Race tale set in the Gobi Desert, where two groups of Westerners are oppressed by Buddhists who hate the White Crusaders who have secretly inhabited the lost city of Sungan for many centuries. The House of the Falcon (1921), The Three Paladins (1923 Adventure; 1977) and A Garden to the Eastward (1947) are similar. Durandal (1926 Adventure; cut as Part 1 only of Durandal 1931; text restored and published separately 1981; text of Part 2 restored and published separately vt The Sea of the Ravens 1983; Part 3 remains unrestored), set in the 13th century, pits the Western bearer of a sacred Sword called Roland against the paynim. HL was read by, and was an influence upon, Robert E Howard. [JC]

Harold Albert Lamb


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.