Encyclopedia of Fantasy (1997)
Lasdun, James

(1958-    ) UK poet, writer and anthologist, resident in the USA. The Silver Age (coll 1985) and Three Evenings and Other Stories (coll 1992) both contain lucid, somewhat surreal explorations into the fantastic. After Ovid: New Metamorphoses (trans anth 1994) with Michael Hofmann is a useful assemblage of Twice-Told adaptations of Ovid in verse form. JL himself translates the tale of Erisychthon – who destroys a sacred grove (> Golden Bough) and is punished by a hunger so unappeasable that he eventually eats himself – into the 20th century, where a New England property developer suffers the same fate. [JC]

James Lasdun


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.