Tales of Wonder

Author: Lord Dunsany

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Tales of Wonderis a collection of short stories also known as “The Last Book of Wonder”, a title Dunsany preferred, the first edition of which was published in 1916. It could be said that Dunsany was ahead of the literature of his time, as his work is still relevant and feels modern even now.

Among his stories we have "A Tale of London", an amusing tale of a sultan seduced by the stories of London, is a tale that speaks to the mundanity of contemporary life. In "The City on Mallington Moor" a marble city appears to a drunkard on a desolate moor in the north of England.

In "The Secret of the Sea," ships are a kind of sentient entity; easily overcome by the will of their crew, but free to drift when the human crew is lost or incapacitated. Light the fire of imagination, amuse and transport yourself, with these 19 short stories of magical realism and intrigue.

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Fifty One Tales

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Fifty One Tales is a collection of fantasy literature first published in April 1915. The British and American editions differ in that each includes a story that the other omits, "The Poet Speaks with Earth" in the British version, and "The Mist" in the American.

The American version of the text was used in 1974 by the Newcastle Publishing Company for the third volume of the Newcastle Forgotten Fantasy Library, due to its great relevance within the genre of fantasy literature, being published as "The Food of Death: Fifty-One Tales".

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Tales of Three Hemisphere

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Tales of Three Hemispheres is a collection of fantasy stories by Lord Dunsany.

The first edition was published in Boston (United States) by John W. Luce & Co. in November 1919; the first British edition was published in London by T. Fisher Unwin in June 1920.

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