Reading Lord Dunsany #3: Pegana and More
Mar28

Reading Lord Dunsany #3: Pegana and More

I’ve been reading famous-in-his-time-although-largely-unknown-today fantasy writer Lord Dunsany (who was a major influence on Tolkien and Lovecraft, among others) for the past three weeks, beginning with two of his most acclaimed short story collections, The Book of Wonder and Tales of Wonder, and continuing with his masterpiece, the novel, The King of Elfland’s Daughter. After being so enamored with those books,...

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Reading Lord Dunsany #2: “The King of Elfland’s Daughter”
Mar14

Reading Lord Dunsany #2: “The King of Elfland’s Daughter”

This week, I continued reading Lord Dunsany with The King of Elfland’s Daughter, widely considered (among those relative few who know him today) as his masterpiece, a slim but enduring fairy tale novel that weaves threads and themes from his (very) short stories, such as those featured in The Book of Wonder and Tales of Wonder, into a wistful, funny, melancholy,...

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Strange Dreamscapes: Lord Dunsany’s “Wonder Tales”
Mar07

Strange Dreamscapes: Lord Dunsany’s “Wonder Tales”

I have been meaning to read Lord Dunsany for ages, and finally decided to do so this past week. For those who might not know, Dunsany (an Irish-born baron whose given name was Edward John Moreton Drax Plunkett) is one of the most important fantasy writers in all of English literature and who some have credited with giving birth to the modern fantasy genre, rather than Tolkien, on whom he was a significant influence. Other famous...

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