Leiber, Fritz, 1910-1992

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Birth 1910-12-24
Death 1992-09-05

Biographical notes:

Fritz Leiber was born in Chicago, Illinois December 24, 1910 . He attained a Ph. D. from the University of Chicago in 1932. He served as an Episcopal minister, a Shakespearian actor, an editor, and a writing instructor. In 1943, his work began appearing in Weird Tales and Unknown Worlds . Leiber is well-known and well regarded in the field. His novels, Conjure Wife, Gather, Darkness, A Specter is Haunting Texas, the Silver Eggheads, and his stories and novels of Lankhmar are all popular favorites with science fiction fans. Leiber received eight Hugo awards, three Nebula awards, the Gandalf Award, and three World Fantasy Awards, plus a number of awards for horror. He is a central figure in the Golden Age of Science Fiction.

From the guide to the Inventory of the Fritz Leiber Collection: Sci Fi MSS 00202., n.a., (Cushing Memorial Library)

Science fiction writer.

From the description of Papers, ca. 1932-1970. (Indiana University). WorldCat record id: 48447373

Fritz Reuter Leiber, Jr. was born in Chicago on December 24, 1910 to Shakespearean actors Fritz Leiber, Sr. and Virginia Bronson Leiber. He graduated from the University of Chicago in 1932 with a degree in psychology and physiology, and, in 1936, married Jonquil Stephens, a British poet with similar interests in the supernatural. They had one son, Justin Leiber, in 1938. Several years after Jonquil's death in 1969, he married Margo Skinner. His employment throughout the years included editorial positions and teaching drama, yet Fritz Leiber primarily supported himself with his writing.

Producing stories in the genres of fantasy, science, horror, and supernatural fiction from the mid 1930s until his death in 1992, Fritz Leiber won several prominent fantasy and science fiction awards such as the Hugo, the Nebula, and the World Fantasy Association Awards. Although he wrote numerous stories in variety of styles, Leiber is perhaps best known for the heroic Fafhrd and the Gray Mouser characters he created with his college friend, Harry Otto Fischer (1910-1986), and which he continued to embellish through a series of short stories and novels throughout his long writing career and correspondence with Fischer.

From the description of Fritz Leiber papers, 1930-1996. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 60313661


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