The Last Unicorn

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Ballantine Books, 1968 - Carnivals - 248 pages
1369 Reviews
Recounts the quest of the last unicorn, who leaves the protection of the enchanted forest to search for her own kind, and who is joined by Schmedrick the Magician and Molly Grue in her search.

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Awesome book, lyrical prose, perfect ending. - Goodreads
Also the writing felt turgid. - Goodreads
Awesome storytelling. - Goodreads
Beautiful imagery and a great fairy-tale. - Goodreads
A delightful fantasy/fairy tale/tongue-in-cheek parody. - Goodreads
The font was tiny, tiny and the book bulky. - Goodreads

Review: The Last Unicorn (The Last Unicorn #1)

User Review  - Rachel - Goodreads

As a small child I recall watching the animated movie. It was terrifying but interesting (and had unicorns! What wasn't to love, even if it WAS scary to my 6-year-old mind)... Now as an adult I've ... Read full review

Review: The Last Unicorn (The Last Unicorn #1)

User Review  - KJ - Goodreads

The prettiest book in the English language, a higher-level commentary on fairy tales that never loses sight of its own story. (Full review here!) Read full review

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About the author (1968)

Peter S. Beagle, April, 1939 - Peter Soyer Beagle was born in Manhattan in April of 1939 to Simon and Rebecca Soyer Beagle. He was raised in the Bronx, New York, and attended Bronx High School. During his senior year, Beagle entered a poem and a short story in the 1955 Scholastic Writing Awards Contest, not knowing that the Grand Prize was a college education. He won that prize and went on to spend four years at the University of Pittsburgh after graduating from high school in 1955. In his sophomore year at the University of Pittsburgh, Beagle entered another contest, winning first place again in Seventeen Magazine's Short Story Contest. At the age of 19, he published "A Fine and Private Place." Beagle graduated college with a degree in Creative Writing and a Spanish minor and then spent a year overseas. When he returned, his new-found agent had enrolled him in a writing workshop at Stanford. After his first few published stories, Beagle supported himself and his family as a freelancer for many years. In the 70's he began to write screenplays, as well as take up the hobby of singing folk songs at a local club. Beagle has published music as well as books, both his passions, and both lucrative. Beagle gives lectures and readings at universities, and also hosts writing workshops at schools such as the University of Washington and Clarion West. His works have been translated into 15 languages. Beagle has also written a script for Star Trek: The Next Generation and the screenplay for the animated feature version of The Lord of the Rings. In 1987, Beagle's "The Last Unicorn" was proclaimed the Number 5 All Time Fantasy Novel. That same year, "The Innkeeper's Song" won the Mythopoetic Fantasy Award. In 1997, "The Unicorn Sonata" won the Locus Poll Award for Best Novella, and in 1998, "Giant Bones" won the same award as well as being nominated for the 1998 World Fantasy Award. He resides in California.

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