What was the first book that was classified as urban fantasy? Who was the author and when was it published?
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Well, I might as well give this a shot, although I'm not an expert and Richard was there before me with his comment from twenty minutes ago. I nominate Laurell K. Hamilton with 1993's Guilty Pleasures. See the link Richard posted in his comment above. Several other sites including Wikipedia agree.
Lord Dunsany - some of the Jorkens stories set in London, for example. 1920's.
By the straightforward definition: The Strange case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde must count as urban fantasy and it was published in 1886. So, sometime before 1886.
Would The Vampire Lestat count as Urban Fantasy? It predates Hamilton's book. Published in 1985.