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

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 Abraham Soyer wrote books and articles in Hebrew and Yiddish, and both Beagle’s parents

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Citation: Wise, Dennis Wilson. "Peter S. Beagle". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 21 November 2019 [https://www.litencyc.com/php/speople.php?rec=true&UID=14481, accessed 22 June 2024.]

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