Roger Zelazny, Hero-Maker

Ohioana Library Ohio Legacy Series: Roger Zelazny, An Essay by Mary A. Turzillo

Roger Zelazny, Hero-Maker
An essay by Mary A. Turzillo
Every trope and every device Zelazny uses is aimed toward entertaining us. His symbolism, his mythic figures, his Revenge Tragedy heroes are all meant ultimately to speak to readers as high drama. Call it melodrama or escapism, point a finger at the tools of psychological manipulation Zelazny learned from writers like Cyril Tourneur or Thomas Middleton or William Shakespeare, but acknowledge that his work kicks us directly in the imagination.
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