Stephen R. Donaldson: The Chronicles of Thomas Covenant, the Unbeliever (2706 words)


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Today, despite the Second Chronicles of Thomas Covenant and the Gap sequence, Stephen R. Donaldson remains best known for his first trilogy of fantasy, The Chronicles of Thomas Covenant the Unbeliever (1977), which undeniably cemented Donaldson’s canonical status as a fantasy writer. Readers particularly admired the vividness of Donaldson’s world and the intensely fevered—even anguished—pitch of his most climactic scenes. The trilogy’s stark thematic originality furthermore beguiled critics and readers alike. The Chronicles tell the story of Thomas Covenant, a leper in our “real” world who, due to his disease, has been ostracized by his community and abandoned …

Citation: Wise, Dennis Wilson. "The Chronicles of Thomas Covenant, the Unbeliever". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 08 October 2018 [, accessed 03 August 2021.]

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