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Lord Dunsany (1878–1957)

Author of The King of Elfland's Daughter

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Though during his lifetime the Irish nobleman Lord Edward John Moreton Drax Plunkett, the 18th Baron Dunsany, was perhaps regarded as a minor talent, his somber short fantasies and novels had a significant impact on the development of fantasy and horror fiction. In real life, Dunsany was as show more interesting and versatile as anyone about whom he wrote. He was an African big-game hunter, a soldier in both the Boer War and World War I, and was wounded in the 1916 Irish Easter Rebellion. He was also the national chess champion of Ireland. Dunsany's first short story collection, The Gods of Pegana, was published in 1905 and was soon followed by other fantasy anthologies, including Time and the Gods (1906) and The Sword of Welleran and Other Stories (1908), among others. These stories are distinguished by their elegant, fairy tale settings and Dunsany's unique, macabre sense of humor. Dunsany's novels, such as The King of Elfland's Daughter (1924) and The Charwoman's Shadow (1926), are considered fantasy classics. Although Dunsany wrote prodigiously and with great versatility throughout his life, many regard his early, highly stylized short fiction to be his best work, and his most important. (Bowker Author Biography) show less

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Works by Lord Dunsany

The King of Elfland's Daughter (1924) — Author — 2,296 copies
The Charwoman's Shadow (1926) 681 copies
Time and the Gods [omnibus] (1905) 353 copies
Fifty-One Tales (1915) 338 copies
The Book of Wonder (1912) 266 copies
Don Rodriguez (1922) 260 copies
The Gods of Pegāna (1905) 254 copies
At the Edge of the World (1970) 243 copies
Beyond the Fields We Know (1972) 180 copies
Over the Hills and Far Away (1974) 167 copies
Time and the Gods (1906) 167 copies
The Complete Pegāna (1900) 147 copies
Gods, Men and Ghosts (1972) 142 copies
My Talks with Dean Spanley (1936) 91 copies
Tales of Three Hemispheres (1919) 89 copies
The Curse of the Wise Woman (1933) 87 copies
Five Plays (1914) 74 copies
Tales of Wonder (1916) 69 copies
Tales of War (1918) 64 copies
The Blessing of Pan (1927) 63 copies
Plays of Gods and Men (1917) 57 copies
Unhappy Far-Off Things (1919) 53 copies
The Fourth Book of Jorkens (1947) 37 copies
The Strange Journeys of Colonel Polders (1950) — Author — 31 copies
Plays of Near & Far (1922) 30 copies
If: A Play in Four Acts (1921) 30 copies
The Last Revolution (1951) 21 copies
Up in the Hills (1935) 20 copies
While the sirens slept (1944) 15 copies
My Ireland (1937) 14 copies
Jorkens Remembers Africa (1934) 14 copies
Guerrilla (1944) 13 copies
The Sirens Wake (1945) 12 copies
Seven Modern Comedies (1925) 11 copies
The Great Book of Wonder (2012) 11 copies
The Lord Dunsany Collection (2016) 10 copies
Rory and Bran (1936) 10 copies
The Golden Doom (1914) 10 copies
The Man Who Ate the Phoenix (1949) 10 copies
Patches of Sunlight (1938) 9 copies
The Story of Mona Sheehy (1939) 9 copies
The Year (1946) 8 copies
The Ghosts [short story] (1908) 7 copies
The Last Book of Jorkens (2002) 7 copies
Verses Dedicatory (1985) 7 copies
Bethmoora [short story] (1908) 5 copies
Charon [short story] (1910) 5 copies
A Journey: A Poem (1944) 4 copies
The Workman [short story] (1910) 4 copies
Plays for Earth and Air (1937) 4 copies
Het Fort Onneembaar (1973) 4 copies
Two Bottles of Relish (1932) 4 copies
Fifty Poems (1929) 3 copies
The Jest of Hahalaba (1928) 3 copies
Nowadays (2010) 3 copies
The Laughter of the Gods (1917) 3 copies
His Fellow Men (1952) 3 copies
The Lost Silk Hat (1914) 3 copies
Wandering songs 2 copies
The River [short story] (1905) 2 copies
Tales of God and Men (2006) 2 copies
Modern Short Plays Second Series — Contributor — 2 copies
Of Ood [short story] (1905) 2 copies
The Beggars [short story] (1909) 2 copies
Carcassonne [short story] (1910) 2 copies
The Field [short story] (1910) 2 copies
Blagdaross [short story] (1910) 2 copies
Mirage Water (1938) 2 copies
Roses [short story] (1910) 1 copy
The Hen [short story] (1909) 1 copy
The Sign [short story] (1935) 1 copy
The Dwarf Holóbolos and the Sword Hogbiter (1949) — Author — 1 copy
芸術論 1 copy
Pegāna [short story] (1905) 1 copy
The Evil Kettle (1925) 1 copy
A Good Bargain (1922) 1 copy
Sanjareve priče (2015) 1 copy
War Poems (1900) 1 copy
Edition) 1 copy
The Tents of the Arabs (1917) 1 copy
The City [short story] (1913) 1 copy
Usury [short story] (1906) 1 copy
Epilogue [short story] (1912) 1 copy
Mlideen [short story] (1906) 1 copy

Associated Works

50 Great Short Stories (1952) — Contributor — 1,251 copies
The Weird: A Compendium of Strange and Dark Stories (2011) — Contributor — 823 copies
The Complete Works of Horace (1901) — Translator, some editions — 818 copies
The Wizards of Odd: Comic Tales of Fantasy (1996) — Contributor — 631 copies
Tales Before Tolkien: The Roots of Modern Fantasy (2003) — Contributor — 610 copies
The Book of Fantasy (1940) — Contributor — 605 copies
Black Water: The Book of Fantastic Literature (1983) — Contributor — 500 copies
Great Ghost Stories (1985) — Contributor — 394 copies
The Oxford Book of Modern Fairy Tales (1993) — Contributor — 370 copies
The Hill of Dreams (1907) — Introduction, some editions — 369 copies
Alfred Hitchcock's Ghostly Gallery (1962) — Contributor — 368 copies
75 Short Masterpieces: Stories from the World's Literature (1961) — Contributor — 298 copies
24 Favorite One Act Plays (1958) — Contributor — 285 copies
Masterpieces of Fantasy and Enchantment (1988) — Contributor — 260 copies
The Oxford Book of Fantasy Stories (1994) — Contributor — 191 copies
A Treasury of Fantasy (1981) — Contributor, some editions — 185 copies
Tales from the Spaceport Bar (1987) — Contributor — 178 copies
The Big Book of Classic Fantasy (2019) — Contributor — 167 copies
The Fantastic Imagination (1977) — Contributor — 154 copies
Another Round at the Spaceport Bar (1989) — Contributor — 148 copies
The Mammoth Book of Fantasy (2001) — Contributor — 147 copies
The Fireside Book of Dog Stories (1943) — Contributor — 145 copies
The Penguin Book of Horror Stories (1984) — Contributor — 142 copies
The Young Magicians (1969) — Contributor — 139 copies
The Nyarlathotep Cycle (1997) — Contributor — 139 copies
The Mammoth Book of Modern Ghost Stories (2007) — Contributor — 134 copies
Irish Tales of Terror (1988) — Contributor — 126 copies
Bedtime Stories (Everyman's Pocket Classics) (2011) — Contributor — 123 copies
The Cthulhu Cycle: Thirteen Tentacles of Terror (1996) — Contributor — 118 copies
Thirty Famous One-Act Plays (1943) — Contributor — 111 copies
The Innsmouth Cycle (1998) — Contributor — 109 copies
Great Irish Tales of Fantasy and Myth (1994) — Contributor — 108 copies
New Worlds for Old (1971) — Contributor — 101 copies
The Spell of Seven (1965) — Contributor — 96 copies
The Fantastic Imagination II (1978) — Contributor — 96 copies
Great Irish Detective Stories (1993) — Contributor — 89 copies
The Best from Fantasy and Science Fiction: 4th Series (1955) — Contributor — 83 copies
The Mammoth Book of Fantasy All-Time Greats (1983) — Contributor — 81 copies
The Other Side of the Moon (1949) 80 copies
Great Short Tales of Mystery and Terror (1982) — Contributor — 79 copies
The Phoenix Tree: An Anthology of Myth Fantasy (1980) — Contributor — 72 copies
Stories of Suspense (1963) — Contributor — 70 copies
The Bedside Book of Famous British Stories (1940) — Contributor — 67 copies
The Mammoth Book of Thrillers, Ghosts and Mysteries (1936) — Contributor — 67 copies
The Random House Book of Fantasy Stories (1963) — Contributor — 66 copies
Famous Fantastic Mysteries (1991) — Contributor — 66 copies
Swords & Sorcery (1963) — Contributor — 62 copies
Dark Arrows: Great Stories of Revenge (1985) — Contributor — 61 copies
The Mammoth Book of Fairy Tales (1997) — Contributor — 61 copies
Warlocks and Warriors (1970) — Contributor — 60 copies
A Century of British Mystery and Suspense (2000) — Contributor — 56 copies
Great Tales of Fantasy and Imagination (1945) — Contributor — 56 copies
The Third Ghost Book (1955) — Contributor — 56 copies
The Supernatural Reader (1953) — Contributor — 55 copies
The Second Fontana Book of Great Ghost Stories (1966) — Contributor — 55 copies
The Century's Best Horror Fiction Volume 1 (2011) — Contributor — 51 copies
Art of Fiction (1967) — Contributor — 51 copies
The Fairies Return; or, New Tales for Old (1934) — Contributor — 50 copies
Alfred Hitchcock's Fear and Trembling (1948) — Contributor — 49 copies
The Second Ghost Book (1952) — Contributor — 48 copies
The Mammoth Book of Thrillers, Ghosts and Mysteries (1936) — Contributor — 47 copies
The Third Omnibus of Crime (1935) — Contributor — 45 copies
The nightmare reader, volume one (1973) — Contributor — 43 copies
65 Great Murder Mysteries (1983) — Contributor — 41 copies
Doorway to Dilemma: Bewildering Tales of Dark Fantasy (2019) — Contributor — 41 copies
Futures Unlimited (1969) — Contributor — 40 copies
Great Irish Stories of the Supernatural (1992) — Contributor — 39 copies
Stories Selected from The Unexpected (1948) — Author — 39 copies
Great Tales of Terror (2002) — Cover artist — 39 copies
The Garden of Hermetic Dreams (2004) — Contributor — 34 copies
Velhojen valtakunta (1989) — Contributor — 31 copies
Murder Short & Sweet (2008) — Contributor — 31 copies
The Mystery Book (1934) — Contributor — 29 copies
Stories for the Dead of Night (1957) — Contributor — 28 copies
The Night Side: Masterpieces of the Strange and Terrible (1947) — Contributor — 27 copies
Short Stories of the Sea (1984) — Contributor — 27 copies
Great Short Stories of the World (1965) — Contributor — 26 copies
The Black Lizard Big Book of Locked-Room Mysteries (2019) — Contributor — 24 copies
Tales of Dungeons and Dragons (1986) — Contributor — 23 copies
Strange Glory (1977) — Contributor — 22 copies
Fiends and Creatures (1975) — Contributor — 22 copies
Realms of wizardry (1976) — Contributor — 21 copies
Great Tales of Detection (1936) — Contributor — 21 copies
And the Darkness Falls (1946) — Contributor — 21 copies
Soliloquy for Pan (2015) — Contributor — 20 copies
The Barbarian Swordsmen (1981) — Contributor — 20 copies
Le livre d'or de la Science-Fiction : Le manoir des roses (1978) — Contributor — 20 copies
Great English Short Stories (1930) — Contributor — 20 copies
My Talks with Dean Spanley [2008 film] — Original book — 18 copies
Monster Festival: Classic Tales of the Macabre (1965) — Contributor — 17 copies
Wild Night Company: Irish Tales of Terror (1970) — Contributor — 17 copies
Monster Mix (1968) — Contributor — 17 copies
The Wildside Book of Fantasy: 20 Great Tales of Fantasy (2012) — Contributor — 16 copies
The Queen's Awards: Sixth Series (1953) — Contributor — 15 copies
The Favourite Wonder Book (1938) — Contributor — 13 copies
The Story Pocket Book (1944) — Contributor — 13 copies
Visions and Imaginations: Classic Fantasy Fiction (2005) — Contributor — 13 copies
Mehr Morde (1961) — Contributor — 13 copies
Fifty Masterpieces of Mystery (1937) — Contributor — 13 copies
The Fourteenth Fontana Book of Great Ghost Stories (1978) — Contributor — 11 copies
Bridie Steen (1948) — Introduction — 10 copies
Tall Short Stories (1960) — Contributor — 9 copies
Owls' Watch (1965) — Contributor — 8 copies
Horrors, Horrors, Horrors (1978) — Contributor — 8 copies
Evening Standard Detective Book: Second Series (1951) — Contributor — 8 copies
Bachelor's Quarters: Stories from Two Worlds (1944) — Contributor — 7 copies
More ghosts and marvels (1934) — Contributor — 7 copies
Twelve Short Masterpieces (1986) — Contributor — 7 copies
Das Hobbit-Buch (1988) — Author — 7 copies
Five Modern Plays (1987) — Author — 6 copies
Ellery Queen's Mystery Magazine - 1955/11 (1955) — Contributor — 6 copies
The Fireside Treasury of Modern Humor (1963) — Contributor — 5 copies
The Sleeping and the Dead (1963) — Contributor — 5 copies
My Funniest Story (1933) — Contributor — 5 copies
THE ARKHAM SAMPLER - VOL 1 No 4 Autumn 1948 (1948) — Contributor — 5 copies
The Ambassador (1961) — Contributor — 5 copies
Dreamers of Dreams: An Anthology of Fantasy (1978) — Author — 4 copies
Number Six Joy Street (1928) — Contributor — 4 copies
Spøgelseshistorier fra hele verden — Contributor, some editions — 3 copies
Modern Short Stories — Contributor — 3 copies
Por los mares encantados (2004) — Contributor — 3 copies
Modern Short Plays (1930) — Contributor — 3 copies
Number Four Joy Street (1926) — Contributor — 3 copies
Nye detektivhistorier fra hele verden — Author, some editions — 2 copies
Die Zaubergärten (1969) — Contributor — 2 copies
Best Detective Stories (Volume 2) (1964) — Contributor — 2 copies
Powers of Darkness: A Collection of Uneasy Tales (1934) — Contributor — 2 copies
Number Five Joy Street (1927) — Contributor — 2 copies
Number Seven Joy Street (1929) — Contributor — 2 copies
The College Short Story Reader (1948) — Contributor — 2 copies
Alfred Hitchcock's Fireside Book of Suspense (1947) — Contributor — 2 copies
The nightmare reader (1973) — Contributor — 2 copies
怪奇礼讃 (創元推理文庫) (2004) — Contributor — 1 copy
幻想文学 (62) (2002) — Contributor — 1 copy
英国短篇小説の愉しみ〈3〉輝く草地 (1999) — Contributor — 1 copy
PEGANA LOST vol.14 — Contributor — 1 copy
世界短編傑作集 3 (創元推理文庫 100-3) (1960) — Contributor — 1 copy
モーフィー時計の午前零時 (2009) — Contributor — 1 copy
Stories for girls — Contributor — 1 copy
火の後に: 片山廣子翻訳集成 — Contributor — 1 copy
希望の友 1973年11月号 — Contributor — 1 copy
架空の町 (書物の王国) (1997) — Contributor — 1 copy

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I found it most interesting that, in the end, the vicar can only appeal to a sense of community rather than to the idea that his religion conforms to a metaphysical truth.
 
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Treebeard_404 | 2 other reviews | Jan 23, 2024 |
Cute premise and fairly suavely executed by Dunsany but one of the all time worst cop-out endings. I love dogs. Why are dog books always so disappointing?

The movie version with Sam Neil and Peter O’Toole in his last role is great, by the way.
 
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yarb | 3 other reviews | Aug 2, 2023 |
Time and the Gods: 3
The Sword of Welleran: 3.5
A Dreamer's Tales:3.5
The Book of Wonder: 3.5
Tales of Wonder: 3.5
The Gods of Pegana: 3
½
 
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bibliopolitan | 8 other reviews | May 28, 2023 |
From the Department of Unpopular Opinions:

This is a beautifully-written tale of not being satisfied with what one has, but always longing for that other. It would have been a perfect short story of perhaps 50 pages. As even a very short novel, it’s just too long.

But the dreamy, emotional setting is the strongest part of the book, and will keep lovers of fantasy and/or nature writing interested. Not much characterization and not much plot, either, except for a few set pieces of exciting action. It’s written in a sort of biblical/ Norse saga style that is initially comforting but becomes a drag after a while.

But do try it. You may love it far more than I did.
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Members
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Rating
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Reviews
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ISBNs
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Languages
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Favorited
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