I just posted this on the BGEE forum, but I thought I might as well post it here, too...
Before the Baldur's Gate novelization, before the Baldur's Gate games, before D&D, there was...Baldur's Gate, the novel. It was written by Eleanor Clark and published in 1970, according to WorldCat (http://www.worldcat.org/title/baldurs-gate/oclc/000078749).
There was a first edition of it displayed in a used bookstore I used to go to when I first played BG1, and I always thought the coincidence funny -- but with a lack of curiosity I now find shameful (or maybe it was fear; the bookstore owner always seemed cranky) I never skimmed it.
Anyone heard of it? Anyone read it? Anyone know of the connection, if any, between the two names? Wikipedia tells me Clark went to Vassar with Mary McCarthy and Elizabeth Bishop (both of whom are great) and was married to Robert Penn Warren.
The single Amazon review is not favorable.