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At the Edge of the World

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“Dunsany’s stories are a priceless possession for any lover of fantasy. Like first-rate poetry, they are endlessly readable. Those who have not read them have something to look forward to, and an assortment of Dunsany is the foundation stone of any fantasy collection.” —L. Sprague de Camp

Thirty short and short-short stories by the 18th Baron of Dunsany. Edited by, and with
Paperback, 238 pages
Published March 1970 by Ballantine Books
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Dunsany dwells at the very root of the fantasy genre. Read him and you will see a tremendous influence on H.P. Lovecraft and many others. He is, perhaps, the most beautiful prose writer I've ever read.
I think of this book as a decorative object—one you can open and start reading on any random paragraph and is still beautiful. Not interesting, but beautiful.
I don't think I can say it better than Dunsany himself, so I'll quote from Idle Days on the Yann:

"All in that city was of ancient device; the carving on the houses, which, when age had broken it, remained unrepaired, was of the remotest times, and everywhere were represented in stone beasts that have long since passed away from Earth--the dragon, the griffin, the hippogriffin, and the different species of gargoyle. Nothing was to be found, whether material or custom, that was new in Astahahn."

contains some very fine bits. most excellent is "the probable adventures of three literary men," which ends famously with one anti-protagonist "falling from us still through the unreverberate blackness of the abyss." how awesome is that?
Gabriel M. Clarke
Best consumed in small doses, like the decadent confections they are.
Gabriel C.
What made them think that Lin Carter added any value? I guess they couldn't get the rights to the original Dunsany books?
Quite flowery in parts but a cracking read.
A great introduction to Dunsany's Pegana.
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Edward John Moreton Drax Plunkett, 18th Baron of Dunsany was an Anglo-Irish writer and dramatist, notable for his work in fantasy published under the name Lord Dunsany. More than eighty books of his work were published, and his oeuvre includes hundreds of short stories, as well as successful plays, novels and essays. Born to one of the oldest titles in the Irish peerage, he lived much of his life ...more
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