Zanoni (Classics to Go)

October 30, 2020
Zanoni (Classics to Go)

In two novels, Zanoni (1842) and A StrangeStory (1862), Bulwer-Lytton invented the Occult/Dark Fantasysubgenre (as opposed to other subgenres of fantasy like TolkienianHigh Fantasy). Academic critics usually describe Zanoni asa Künstlerroman (novel of the maturation of an artist) andas an allegory of science versus art, but Zanoni is alsothe first modern British work of occult fantasy. Charles Dickenstook the ending of A Tale of Two Cities (1859) fromZanoni. A strong argument can be made that the school ofcosmic horror which H. P. Lovecraft made famous begins withZanoni and A Strange Story, or at the least isheavily influenced by it.