Neil Gaiman

Bernice Murphy (Trinity College Dublin)
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Neil Gaiman is one of the most famous comic-book writers in the world, much feted for his groundbreaking work on the highly acclaimed


series. Gaiman was part of the highly influential influx of British writers and artists who helped dramatically expand the possibilities of the commercial comic book during the 1980s and 1990s. Despite the fact that

The Sandman

only ran for seventy-five issues, it created a minor cultural sensation, attracted a great deal of critical praise and adoration and, along with other ambitious comics series such as Alan Moore’s


and Frank Miller’s

The Dark Knight Returns

, helped to radically change public perceptions of the medium. However, Gaiman’s contribution to popular and literary culture did not end with

The Sandman

: he has always been a…

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Citation: Murphy, Bernice. "Neil Gaiman". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 06 June 2005 [, accessed 15 June 2024.]

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