Encyclopedia of Fantasy (1997)

A fabulous Bird said to immolate itself upon its nest at regular intervals in order to be reborn and renewed. It was used by alchemists (see Alchemy) as a symbol of their endeavours, and hence was adopted as a shop-sign by early chemists. Notable fantasies featuring phoenixes include The Phoenix and the Carpet (1904) by E Nesbit, the title novella of The Man Who Ate the Phoenix (coll 1949) by Lord Dunsany and Roger Lancelyn Green's From the World's End (1948); the last was reprinted with Edmund Cooper's "The Firebird" (see SFE link below) in Double Phoenix (anth 1971), intro Lin Carter. [BS]


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