PRINGLE'S 100 BEST 
ENGLISH-LANGUAGE FANTASY NOVELS
1946-1987

In the Introduction to his book, Modern Fantasy: The Hundred Best Novels, An English-Language Selection, 1946-1987 David Pringle writes: "Of course, the terms 'fantasy' and 'the fantastic' are open to dozens of interpretations, and I shall not try to choose between theoretical definitions here. An academic commentator, Rosemary Jackson, has complainrd: 'As a critical term 'fantasy' has been applied indiscriminately to any literature which does not give priority to realistic representation: myths, legends, folk and fairy tales, utopian allegories, dream visions, surrealist texts, science fiction, horror stories...' But it seems to me that fantasy is an indiscriminate form, one wholly without good manners and literary decorum. Insofar as it constitutes a genre, fantasy is a capacious hold-all of the supernatural and the uncanny, the visionary and the repellant."  His list is presented in chronological order by date of publication.

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Mervyn Peake  Titus Groan. 1946 
A. E. van Vogt  The Book of Ptath. 1947 
Fletcher Pratt  The Well of the Unocorn. 1948 
Jack Williamson  Darker Than You. 1948 
Robert Graves  Seven Days in New Crete 
John Myers Myers  Silverlock 
L. Sprague de Camp, Fletcher Pratt  The Castle of Iron. 1950 
Robert E. Howard  Conan the Conqueror. 1950 
C. S. Lewis  The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe. 1950 
Mervyn Peake  Gormenghast 
Jack Vance  The Dying Earth. 1950 
Sarban  The Sound of his Horn. 1952 
Fritz Leiber  Conjure Wife. 1953 
Fritz Leiber  The Sinful Ones. 1953 
Poul Anderson  The Broken Sword. 1954 
J. R. R. Tolkien  The Lord of the Rings. 1954-55 
William Golding  Pincher Martin. 1956 
Richard Matheson  The Shrinking Man. 1956 
Ray Bradbury  Dandelion Wine. 1957 
T. H. White  The Once and Future King. 1958 
Robert A. Heinlein  The Unpleasant Profession of Jonathan Hoag. 1959
Shirley Jackson  The Haunting of Hill House. 1959 
Mervyn Peake  Titus Alone. 1959 
Peter S. Beagle  A Fine and Private Place. 1960 
Poul Anderson  Three Hearts and Three Lions. 1961 
John D. MacDonald  The Girl, the Gold Watch, and Everything. 1962 
Robert A. Heinlein  Glory Road. 1963 
Andre Norton  Witch World. 1963 
John Fowles  The Magus. 1965 
Michael Moorcock  Stormbringer. 1965 
Thomas Pynchon  The Crying of Lot 49. 1966 
Thomas Burnett Swann  Day of the Minotaur. 1966 
Jack Vance  The Eyes of the Overworld. 1966 
Alan Garner  The Owl Service. 1967 
Ira Levin  Rosemary's Baby. 1967 
Flann O'Brien  The Third Policeman. 1967 
Andrew Sinclair  Gog. 1967 
Peter S. Beagle  The Last Unicorn. 1968 
Ursula K. Le Guin  A Wizard of Eartsea. 1968 
Fritz Leiber  The Swords of Lankhmar. 1968 
James Blish  Black Easter and The Day After Judgment. 1968, 1971
Kingsley Amis  The Green Man. 1969 
Avram Davidson  The Phoenix and the Mirror. 1969 
Philip Jose Farmer  A Feast Unknown. 1969 
R. A. Lafferty  Fourth Mansions. 1969 
Joy Chant  Red Moon and Black Mountain. 1970 
Jack Finney  Time and Again. 1970 
John Gardner  Grendel. 1971 
Doring Lessing  Briefing for a Descent into Hell. 1971 
Roger Zelazny  Jack of Shadows. 1971 
Richard Adams  Watership Down. 1972 
Angela Carter  The Infernal Desire Machines.1972 
Michael Frayn  Sweet Dreams. 1973 
Patricia A. McKillip  The Forgotten Beasts of Eld. 1974 
Stephen King  Salem's Lot. 1975 
Brian Moore  The Great Victorian Collection. 1975 
Salman Rushdie  Grimus. 1975 
Gene Wolfe.  Peace. 1975 
Brian Aldiss  The Malacia Tapestry. 1976 
Gordon R. Dickson  The Dragon and the George. 1976 
Emma Tennant  Hotel de Dream. 1976 
Angela Carter  The Passion of New Eve. 1977 
Stephen R. Donaldson  The Chronicles of Thomas Covenent, the Unbeliever. 1977
Stephen King  The Shining. 1977 
William Kotzwinkle  Fata Morgana. 1977 
Fritz Leiber  Our Lady of Darkness. 1977 
Michael Moorcock  Gloriana. 1978 
J. G. Ballard  The Unlimited Dream Company. 1979 
Phyllis Eisenstein  Sorcerer's Son. 1979 
Jonathan Carroll  The Land of Laughs. 1980 
Suzy McKee Charnas  The Vampire Tapestry. 1980 
M. John Harrison  A storm of Wings. 1980 
Rudy Rucker  White Light. 1980 
Chelsea Quinn Yarbro  Ariosto. 1980 
William S. Burroughs  Cities of the Red Night. 1981 
John Crowley  Little, Big. 1981 
Alasdair Gray  Lanark. 1981 
Michael Moorcock  The War Hound and the World's Pain. 1981 
Michael Shea  Nifft the Lean. 1982 
Mark Helprin  Winter's Tale. 1983 
K. W. Jeter  Soul Eater. 1983 
R. A. MacAvoy  Tea with the Dark Dragon. 1983 
Brian Moore  Cold Heaven. 1983 
Tim Powers  The Anubis Gates. 1983 
Michael Bishop  Who Made Stevie Crye? 1984 
James P. Blaylock  The Digging Leviathan. 1984 
Angela Carter  Nights at the Circus. 1984 
Thomas M. Disch  The Businessman. 1984 
Robert Holdstock  Mythago Wood. 1984 
Christopher Priest  The Glamour. 1984 
John Updike  The Witches of Eastwick. 1984 
Peter Ackroyd  Hawksmoor. 1985 
Lisa Goldstein  The Dream Years. 1985 
Guy Gavriel Kay  The Fionavar Tapestry. 1985-87 
Ian Banks  The Bridge. 1986 
Ramsey Campbell  The Hungry Moon. 1986 
Ken Grimwood  Replay. 1986 
Geoff Ryman  The Unconquered Country. 1986 
J. G. Ballard  The Day of Creation. 1987 
John Crowley  Aegypt. 1987 

 
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