George Raymond Richard Martin: A Game of Thrones (2334 words)

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In 1991, George R.R. Martin began working on what he thought “might be a short story” about some children finding a litter of direwolf pups (Martin 2018). This short story grew quite a bit in the following years though, evolving into A Song of Ice and Fire (1996-present), Martin’s as of yet unfinished epic fantasy series which currently clocks in at over 5,000 pages. The first novel in the series, A Game of Thrones, was published in 1996 and serves as the namesake for the immensely popular HBO adaptation of the story, Game of Thrones (2011-2019). A Game of Thrones was met with acclaim upon its publication, and Martin won a Hugo award for the novella Blood of the Dragon (…

Citation: Johnson, Lars. "A Game of Thrones". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 17 May 2021 [https://www.litencyc.com/php/sworks.php?rec=true&UID=39018, accessed 19 August 2022.]

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