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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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Bill  Kerwin
Apr 16, 2016 Bill Kerwin rated it liked it

Okay, Maybe it's my fault, but—honestly—I blame Dunsany.
I begin the reading of each of his stories hopefully, and certainly his prose is gorgeous and musical, but suddenly—still awash in the stream of his prose, bathed in its colors and sounds—I find I have zoned out completely, that I have no longer any idea what I am reading, and this feeling may go on for the length of a paragraph, or more. Then I shake off my torpor, begin to read again, this time with newly marshaled attention, but the zon
Apr 29, 2013 Todd rated it really liked it
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.
Dec 01, 2011 Edgar rated it liked it
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.
Jul 02, 2011 Joseph rated it it was amazing
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."

Bruce Nordstrom
Apr 24, 2015 Bruce Nordstrom rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: The whole world.
Yes! This is the one that got me hooked many moons ago. The stories here by Lord Dunsany are GREAT! I own this one and I've read it about 20 times over the years. Always great. Always like I've reading these stories for the first time.

But! Do not over look the super editing job done here by the late Lin Carter. An excellent selection of Dunsany's stories (Did Dunsany ever write a bad story?) and Carter's introductions are a priceless guide to the poor lost reader trying to find more of Dunsany's
Jun 11, 2011 sologdin rated it liked it
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?
Jun 16, 2013 Caleb rated it it was amazing
A great introduction to Dunsany's Pegana.
Carlos Vallejo
Oct 30, 2015 Carlos Vallejo rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Jan 15, 2013 Woo rated it really liked it
Quite flowery in parts but a cracking read.
Gabriel C.
Feb 20, 2012 Gabriel C. rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy, shorts, 2012
What made them think that Lin Carter added any value? I guess they couldn't get the rights to the original Dunsany books?
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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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