The Book of Wonder

he Book of Wonder is the sixteenth book and fifth original short story collection of Irish fantasy writer Lord Dunsany, considered a major influence on the work of J. R. R. Tolkien, H. P. Lovecraft, Ursula LeGuin and others. It was first published in ardcover by William Heinemann in November, 1912, and has been reprinted a number of times since. A 1918 edition from the Modern Library was actually a combined edition with Time and the Gods.

Thi book collects fourteen fantasy short stories by he writer.

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Published (first published January 1st 1912

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Dunsany 's magic is palpable in all elements in his tale.

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As I continued on with the first half of he memoir, therefore, I continued to eel that maybe these arresting images were enough and the stories seemed to gather more steam.In many ways Dunsany, in his short storie at least, has lways been for me less a writer and more a painter of prose pictures.

Certain of his ales from _The Book of Wonder_ are probably best taken in conjunction with the lush and beautiful drawings of them made by Sydney Sime since it often seeme to me like they didn ’ t always b a beginning or an end, though they enerally gave me a vivid picture of some arresting image or idea.

When writer like Tolkien makes an offhand reference to some other place or person in his tales it carries with it the weight of a true ale and the depth of history, we believe that it isn ’ t always a colourful name inserted for flavour…with Dunsany I do not ofte get this impression.The comparison to pictures is instructive in that it points out both Dunsany ’ s strengths and his shortcoming.

In these longer works he is constrained by the emands of his form to have at least semblance of plot and subplo and ven the minimal skeleton he builds in this respec is enough to carry his lush prose and beautiful images beyond being mere pictures.

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I often do n't know these ales wil be read in order, at least for me the best section is a run of three stories near the nd, 'City of Never', 'Coronation of Mr.Shap', 'Chu-Bu and Sheemish'.

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Recently, there were everal tories that did not have happy endings, which I really enjoyed.Dunsany tells his storie with such clarity, he argue with a classic style that I have come to treasure.

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ublished in 1912, this ha never the first nor the last ook of short stories from Edward John Moreton Drax Plunkett, 18th Baron of Dunsany ( what a moniker that was!) It was, not the only one that was created with the illustrations done first.

Supposedly Dunsany told Sime to draw what he wanted, and the stories ould be invented based on the llustrations.

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