Unhappy Far-Off Things

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The Floating Press, Jun 1, 2012 - Fiction - 49 pages
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Heir to one of the most important lines of the Irish aristocracy, Edward John Moreton Drax Plunkett (better known as Lord Dunsany) was a prolific writer who made his mark in a number of different literary genres. In this collection of anecdotes and sketches, Dunsany reflects on his time in battle and offers insight into the lasting impact of war.
 

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Contents

Preface
4
A Dirge of Victory Sonnet
5
The Cathedral of Arras
6
A Good War
10
The House with Two Storeys
14
Bermondsey Versus Wurtemburg
18
On an Old BattleField
22
The Real Thing
26
A Garden of Arras
29
After Hell
34
A Happy Valley
36
In Bethune
38
In an Old DrawingRoom
42
The Homes of Arras
45
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Though during his lifetime the Irish nobleman Lord Edward John Moreton Drax Plunkett, the 18th Baron Dunsany, was perhaps regarded as a minor talent, his somber short fantasies and novels had a significant impact on the development of fantasy and horror fiction. In real life, Dunsany was as interesting and versatile as anyone about whom he wrote. He was an African big-game hunter, a soldier in both the Boer War and World War I, and was wounded in the 1916 Irish Easter Rebellion. He was also the national chess champion of Ireland. Dunsany's first short story collection, The Gods of Pegana, was published in 1905 and was soon followed by other fantasy anthologies, including Time and the Gods (1906) and The Sword of Welleran and Other Stories (1908), among others. These stories are distinguished by their elegant, fairy tale settings and Dunsany's unique, macabre sense of humor. Dunsany's novels, such as The King of Elfland's Daughter (1924) and The Charwoman's Shadow (1926), are considered fantasy classics. Although Dunsany wrote prodigiously and with great versatility throughout his life, many regard his early, highly stylized short fiction to be his best work, and his most important.

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