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Top twenty authors of Fantasy

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This list discusses the top twenty fantasy authors of all time. This list takes into account sales, effects on the genre and appeal beyond the fantasy market.

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J.R.R. Tolkien Report Abuse
Between him and number two on the list an entirely new genre was started. Sadly his books did not really gain real popularity until after his death, but such is often the case of great men.
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Robert Jordan Report Abuse
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David Eddings Report Abuse
One of the first "genre busters" Eddings took the world by storm with his fantasy stories. He is often regarded as the first fantasy author to have a large appeal to non genre readers.
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C.S. Lewis Report Abuse
A friend and contemporary of Tolkien C.S. Lewis made it okay for adults to read fairy tales.
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Ursala K. LeGuinn Report Abuse
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Piers Anthony Report Abuse
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Terry Brooks Report Abuse
One word, Shannara.
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George R. R. Martin Report Abuse
Putting a cynical spin on epic fantasy in a way that has never been done before, Martin tells a phenomenal tale.
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Stephen R. Donaldson Report Abuse
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Anne McCaffery Report Abuse
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Lewis Carroll Report Abuse
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Roald Dahl Report Abuse
Roald Dahl deserves a place on the list, he created books that will go down to be classics!
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George MacDonald Report Abuse
Tolkien's and CS Lewis' chief literary muse, and the most prolific fantasy writer of the late 19th century.
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Peter S. Beagle Report Abuse
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T.H. White Report Abuse
The Once and Future King.
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William Shakespeare Report Abuse
How can the greatest playwright in history not get mention!
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Sara Douglas Report Abuse
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R.A. Salvatore Report Abuse
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Michael Moorcock Report Abuse
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Marion Zimmer Bradley Report Abuse
Genre-expanding author of the Mists of Avalon series.
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Sir Thomas Malory Report Abuse
Author of the seminal medieval romance. Codified much of the Arthurian legend.
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William Morris Report Abuse
The first "modern" fantasy author.
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Edmund Spenser Report Abuse
Author of the Faerie Queene, the original "high fantasy".
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Roger Zelazny Report Abuse
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Tad Williams Report Abuse
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Steven Erikson Report Abuse
malazan. . . .
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Terry Pratchett Report Abuse
Discworld... Come on!!!
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Robin Cook Report Abuse
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Andre Norton Report Abuse
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J.K. Rowling Report Abuse
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JK Rowling is the Queen of fantasy. She made up a whole new world which amused adults and children alike. Surely she should be nearer the best?!
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Stephenie Meyer Report Abuse
Please click on red arrow. I just want the satisfaction of seeing her on the bottom of the list.
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not that I like the twilight saga but tons of people like it and if many are attracted to the series it obviously means she isn't a bad author. Even though the Twilight saga isn't much of a fantasy story more of a supernatural romance.
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