Extrapolation

A Triumvirate of Fantastic Poets

Ambrose Bierce, George Sterling, and Clark Ashton Smith

Extrapolation (2013), 54, (2), 147–161.

Abstract

The American tradition of fantastic poetry came to fruition in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries with the emergence of three linked poets: Ambrose Bierce, George Sterling, and Clark Ashton Smith. Bierce's own contributions to weird poetry were few in number, but he served as mentor to the young Sterling, helping to find a publisher for his poem "A Wine of Wizardry" (1907) and assisting Sterling in other ways. Sterling, in turn, became a mentor to Clark Ashton Smith and ushered his first volume, The StarTreader and Other Poems (1912), into print. Cumulatively, these poets established a tradition of cosmic and fantastic poetry whose influence continues to be felt.

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Joshi, S.