- Series: Ellison, Harlan
- Paperback: 1250 pages
- Publisher: Morpheus International; 4th edition (March 10, 2005)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1883398606
- ISBN-13: 978-1883398606
- Product Dimensions: 2.2 x 6 x 9.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 3.3 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 18 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #713,880 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Essential Ellison: A 50 Year Retrospective (Revised and Expanded) Paperback – March 10, 2005
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About the Author
Master fantasist, Harlan Ellison has written and edited nearly eighty books and has garnered countless awards. He has won everything from Hugos, Nebulas, Silver Pens, and is the only writer to have won the Writers Guild Award for Outstanding Teleplay four times. He is considered by many to be the finest contemporary short story and essay writer.
Top customer reviews
The "essence" is there but many of my favorite stories, regrettably, are not.
But since so most of his work is out of print and he exercises such tight control over distribution, I'm very happy to have this collection.
Absolutely worth it. Can't wait for 60 year edition!
There really is no way to put an exacting finger on what Ellison writes. It is certainly not your run-of-the-mill sci-fi, not cheap-shock horror, and not suspense dreck. It's thoughtful, highly engaging, sometimes allegorical, and always thought-provoking stuff that you just don't find in modern writers anymore. Almost like a prickly cross between George Orwell and Lewis Carroll. He is most certainly still ahead of his time, and will most likely require decades after his passing for the world to truly catch up to him and realize what a treasure he is.
So start here if you're curious about Ellisonia, then after your appetite is whetted and your curiosity piqued, track down the stuff in its original form so you can experience all of the good stuff, not merely highlights from a superb & lengthy career.
This is vital American literature.
I would recommend this anthology to anyone: from a long-term and devoted fan, to someone who's only recently discovered the wonderful diversity of his work.
A mus own.