October 1, 2014
Jeff Wikstrom and I discuss The King of Elfland’s Daughter by Lord Dunsany. A prince of the normal world brings home an Elf princess to be his wife, but it doesn’t turn out quite like everyone hand planned.
Dunsany, Lord. The Book of Wonder, The Essential Lord Dunsany Collection, The Gods of Pegana, The King of Elfland’s Daughter, Lord Dunsany Compendium, and The Sword of Welleran and Other Tales.
Edward John Moreton Drax Plunkett, 18th Baron of Dunsany
born 1878, died 1957
Lord Dunsany was an Irish writer and dramatist, notable for his work, mostly in fantasy, published under the name Lord Dunsany. More than eighty books of his work were published, and his oeuvre includes many hundreds of published short stories, as well as successful plays, novels and essays. He is considered a major influence on the work of J. R. R. Tolkien, H. P. Lovecraft, and Ursula K. Le Guin.
Born to the second-oldest title (created 1439) in the Irish peerage, Dunsany lived much of his life at perhaps Ireland’s longest-inhabited home, Dunsany Castle near Tara, worked with W.B. Yeats and Lady Gregory, received an honorary doctorate from Trinity College, was chess and pistol-shooting champion of Ireland, and travelled and hunted extensively. He died in Dublin after an attack of appendicitis.
Dunsany began writing in the late 1890s and "burst onto the publishing scene" with The Gods of Pegana in 1905. His first stories were set in an invented world with its own gods, history and geography.
Dunsany eventually began writing novels and his most well-known novel, The King of Elfland's Daughter, was published in 1924 and is the inspiration of Neil Gaiman's film, Stardust.
Next we will be reading:
The Doom That Came to Sarnath, From Beyond, The Temple, The Music of Erich Zann, Herbert West - Reanimator, The Lurking Fear, The Rats in the Walls and The Call of Cthulhu by H. P. Lovecraft - http://cthulhu.wikia.com/wiki/Category:Fiction
Dwellers in the Mirage by Abraham Merritt - http://www.gutenberg.net.au/ebooks01/0100151.txt
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