Knygathin wrote:Leiber wrote a huge amount of essays and bookreviews, so he may very well have commented on Vance several times. I think it's kind of interesting, because there is no known literary connection from Jack Vance to the "big three" of Weird Tales (H. P. Lovecraft, R.E. Howard, C. A. Smith). W. C. Farmer once suggested that Smith had read The Dying Earth, but that is only a vague rumor. In part at least Vance was strongly a literary continuation of Smith, and it would have been nice to have heard Smith's thoughts about it. (It might not have been as positive as one expects though. M. R. James and Blackwood, for example, much disfavored the work of their admirer Lovecraft.) Well, Fritz Leiber is almost as legendary as the big three. He is a middle step in between, up to Vance. Perhaps more related to the previous three, than to Vance. Still, sharing more of the lighthearted humor of Vance. Any connection would be interesting to hear about.
What did Fritz Leiber think of Jack Vance? He reviewed The Spell of Seven, containing "Mazirian the Magician", in The Magazine of Fantasy &Science Fiction, May 1966.