In the Land of Time, and Other Fantasy Tales
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In the Land of Time, and Other Fantasy Tales

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This selection brings together tales from across the author's entire career. Liberal selections of earlier tales - including the entire Gods of Pegana as well as such notable works as "Idle Days of the Yann" and "The Fortress Unvanquishable, Save for Sacnoth" - are followed by memorable later tales, including several about the garrulous traveler Joseph Jorkens and the outrageous murder tale "The Two Bottles of Relish."
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Product details

  • Paperback | 432 pages
  • 130 x 196 x 24mm | 358.34g
  • Penguin Books Ltd
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 014243776X
  • 9780142437766
  • 139,485

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"No one has ever approached [Dunsany's] skill in suggesting, so flawlessly and with such economy of means, that the world is not exactly as we suppose." "Dunsany's best stories remain unique: nobody else has ever been able to capture his visions....S.T. Joshi, a biographer of Dunsany and an expert in the Weird, has given us an excellent introduction and notes." --Ursula K. Le Guin, Los Angeles Times Book Review "Dunsany''s best stories remain unique: nobody else has ever been able to capture his visions....S.T. Joshi, a biographer of Dunsany and an expert in the Weird, has given us an excellent introduction and notes." --Ursula K. Le Guin, Los Angeles Times Book Review
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About Alfred Dunsany

Baron Dunsany was born in London in 1878, the scion of an Anglo-Irish family that could trace its ancestry to the twelfth century. During his life Dunsany distinguished himself as both an author and a dramatist, he once had five plays running concurrently on Broadway, and is now recognised as a leading figure in the development of modern fantasy literature. His works include The Book of Wonder (1912), Plays of Gods and Men (1917) and The Curse of the Wise Woman (1933). S.T. Joshi is a freelance writer and editor who has previously edited Penguin Classics editions of The Thing on the Doorstep and Other Weird Stories (2001) and Ancient Sorceries and Other Strange Stories (2002). Amongst his other published titles are Lord Dunsany: Master of the Anglo-Irish Imagination (1995) and The Modern Weird Tale (2001). He currently lives in Seattle, Washington.
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Table of contents

Introduction
Suggestions for Further Reading
A Note on the TextI.     Pegana and Environs

The Gods of Pegana
Time and the Gods
A Legend of the Dawn
In the Land of Time
The Relenting of Sardinac
The Fall of Babbulkund

II.     Tales of Wonder   

The Sword of Welleran
The Kith of the Elf-Folk
The Ghosts
The Fortress Unvanquishable, Save for Sacnoth
Blagdaross
Idle Days on the Yann
A Shop in Go-by Street
The Avenger of Perdónaris
The Bride of the Man-Horse

III.     Prose Poems

Where the Tides Ebb and Flow
The Raft-Builders
The Prayer of the Flowers
The Workman
Charon
Carcassonne
Roses
The City

IV.     Fantasy and Reality

The Wonderful Window
The Coronation of Mr. Thomas Shap
The City on Mallington Moor
The Bureau d'Echange de Maux
The Exile's Club
Thirteen at Table
The Last Dream of Bwona Khubla

V.     Jorkens

The Tale of the Abu Laheeb
Our Distant Cousins
The Walk to Lingham
The Development of the Rillswood Estate
A Life's Work

VI.     Some Late Tales

The Policeman's Prophecy
The Two Bottles of Relish
The Cut
Poseidon
Helping the Fairies
The Romance of His Life
The Pirate of the Round Pond

Explanatory Notes
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This collection contains a broad selection of Lord Dunsany's fiction along with a verbose introduction. It is ideal for getting a taste of the various styles of Dunsany's fiction, from ethereal fantasy to the humorous Jorkens tales.show more
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