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Katherine Kurtz

Born: Oct 18, 1944

Birthplace: Coral Gables

Profession: Writer

Nationality: United States

Katherine Kurtz

Date of Birth : Oct 18, 1944
Birth Place : Coral Gables

Katherine Irene Kurtz is an American fantasy writer, known for her sixteen historical fantasy novels in the Deryni series. She also wrote several occult alternate history novels in her Templar series, and urban fantasy novels in her Adept series. Her 1970 debut novel, Deryni Rising, was influential for being one of the first fantasy novels written in a mode closer to historical fiction than to mythology or legend, as was common in the then-popular high fantasy works such as those by J. R. R. Tolkien. Writing in Strange Horizons, Kari Sperring calls Kurtz the "first writer of secondary-world historical fantasy", noting her close attention to the importance of faith in pre-modern societies and her portrayal of magic as a formal, ritual practice as opposed to the "picaresque and informal" way magic was depicted in other fantasy of the time. Kurtz's works were popular in the 1970s until the early 1990s, but are no longer widely read except by her devoted fans. This devoted fan base meets on Sunday evening in a chat room, #deryni_destinations, that can be accessed from the official site Rhemuth Castle.


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  • Novelist

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  • Katherine Irene Kurtz
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