Ballantine Adult Fantasy: E.R. Eddison

The success of The Lord of the Rings in paperback led to a fantasy boom in publishing — and in particular a boom at Ballantine. In the wake of Tolkien’s success, they turned to fellow English fantasist E.R. Eddison for more fiction in a similar vein, re-publishing both his landmark 1922 novel The Worm Ouroboros, but also the three books in his 1930s Zimiamvian Trilogy.

All four of these books were published before the Ballantine Adult Fantasy Line proper would get off the ground, but future reprints would carry the familiar BAF unicorn colophon. Barbara Remington is back after illustrating Ballantine’s The Lord of the Rings paperbacks to lend an iconic dark fairy tale look to the covers.

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