Encyclopedia of Fantasy (1997)
Laubenthal, Sanders Anne

(1943-    ) US writer, much respected for her one novel, Excalibur (1973), a powerful fantasy which conflates the Matter of Britain with an American-Gothic version of Mobile, Alabama. This posits that the legendary 12th-century Welsh prince Madoc was a descendant of Arthur and, when he crossed the Atlantic circa 1170, brought with him to the New World the Grail and Excalibur. Excalibur survives unmolested until the 20th century, when the current Pendragon – in the guise of a youthful archaeologist – must once again attempt to seek it out, his efforts being opposed by an attractively conceived Morgan Le Fay. [JC]

Sanders Anne Laubenthal


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