Encyclopedia of Fantasy (1997)
Wagenknecht, Edward

(1900-2004) US academic and anthologist, one of the earliest to champion Supernatural Fiction in the literary mainstream. In addition to numerous studies of US literature and Cinema, EW edited a number of early anthologies, many presenting works of fantasy long unavailable (or never available) to a general audience: Six Novels of the Supernatural (anth 1944), The Fireside Book of Ghost Stories (anth 1948) and Murder by Gaslight: Victorian Tales (anth 1949). EW wrote the introduction to (and probably assembled) Walter de La Mare's posthumous Eight Tales (coll 1971) and also edited The Supernaturalism of New England by John Greenleaf Whittier (coll 1969), The Letters of James Branch Cabell (coll 1975) and an anthology of critical studies, Seven Masters of Supernatural Fiction (anth 1991). His own critical studies include: Utopia Americana (1929 chap), a study of L Frank Baum; Edgar Allan Poe: The Man Behind the Legend (1963); and volumes, usually introductory, on Geoffrey Chaucer, Washington Irving, John Milton, Sir Walter Scott, William Shakespeare, Mark Twain and others. [GF]

Edward Charles Wagenknecht

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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.