Although known mostly for his 1968 novel The Last Unicorn, Peter S. Beagle (1939-) has nevertheless had a long, productive career as a literary fantasist, winning nearly every major accolade, including a World Fantasy Award for Lifetime Achievement. His fiction focuses on the borderlands between reality and the fantastic, often touched by themes of maturity, self-realization, love, and friendship.

Early Life and Career

Born on April 20th 1939 in the Bronx, New York, Beagle was the son of two teachers of Russian-Polish Jewish descent, Simon and Rebecca Soyer Beagle. Almost immediately from birth, Beagle was surrounded by the arts. Three maternal uncles were painters, his grandfather A…

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Citation: Wise, Dennis Wilson. "Peter S. Beagle". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 21 November 2019 [, accessed 24 September 2023.]

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