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Lord Dunsany (Edward Plunkett) (1878 – 1957) an Irish writer and dramatist, notable for his work, mostly in fantasy, published under the name Lord Dunsany. More than eighty books of his work were published, and includes many hundreds of published short stories, as well as successful plays, novels and essays.  But he made a lasting impression in 1905 when he burst onto the publishing scene with the well-received collection The Gods of Pegāna.  The stories in his first two books, and perhaps the beginning of his third, were set within an invented world, Pegāna, with its own gods, history and geography. Starting with this book, Dunsany's name is linked to that of Sidney Sime, his chosen artist, who illustrated much of his work, notably until 1922.

1.  The Gods of Pegāna - "The Gods of Pegāna" is the first book by Anglo-Irish fantasy writer Lord Dunsany, published in 1905. It is a series of tales about Dunsany's invented pantheon of deities who dwell in Pegāna. These freshly-minted myths offer thought-provoking perspectives on life and death, time and destiny, laughter and folly. Elegantly told, these little prose-poems evoke charm and wonder in equal measure.

2.  The Book of Wonder - “Come with me, ladies and gentlemen who are in any wise weary of London: come with me: and those that tire at all of the world we know: for we have new worlds here.” – Lord Dunsany, the preface to “The Book of Wonder

3.  Time and The Gods - Lord Dunsany was influenced by Algernon Swinburne, who wrote the line “Time and the Gods are at strife” in his 1866 poem “Hymn to Proserpine”, as well as by the fairy tales of the Brothers Grimm and Hans Christian Andersen. In turn, Dunsany’s influence was felt by H. P. Lovecraft and Ursula K. Le Guin. Arthur C. Clarke corresponded with Dunsany between 1944 and 1956. Those letters are collected in the book Arthur C. Clarke & Lord Dunsany: A Correspondence.

4.  Fifty One Tales - Very brief, well-crafted stories, many having surprise endings, all steeped in the dye of myth and calling to every reader's neglected imagination.

5.  Fame and the Poet by Lord Dunsany (4th story in One Act Plays # 04)

6a.  The Highwaymen by Lord Dunsany (4th story in Ghost Stories # 7)

6b.  Thirteen at Table by Lord Dunsany (12th story in Ghost Stories # 7)

7a.  Chu-Bu and Sheemish by Lord Dunsany (3rd story in Short Story # 54)

7b.  The Sword of Welleran by Lord Dunsany (14th story in Short Story # 54)

8.  The Bad Old Woman In Black by Lord Dunsany (1st story in Short Ghost Stories # 21) 

9.  Night at the Inn - Lord Dunsany  (5th play in One Act Play Collection 006)

10. The Sword of Welleran and Other Stories - Lord Dunsany - The Sword of Welleran and Other Stories is the third book by Irish fantasy writer Lord Dunsany, considered a major influence on the work of J. R. R. Tolkien, H. P. Lovecraft, Ursula K. Le Guin and others. It was first published in hardcover by George Allen & Sons in October, 1908, and has been reprinted a number of times since. Issued by the Modern Library in a combined edition with A Dreamer's Tales as A Dreamer's Tales and Other Stories in 1917. The book is a series of 12 short stories, some of them linked by Dunsany's invented pantheon of deities who dwell in Pegāna, which were the focus of his earlier collections The Gods of Pegāna and Time and the Gods. One of the stories, "The Fortress Unvanquishable, Save for Sacnoth," was afterwards (1910) published by itself as a separate book

11. Idle Days on the Yann by Lord Dunsany (1st story from Short Ghost and Horror Collection # 25)

12. Tales of Three Hemispheres - The book collects 14 short pieces by Dunsany; the last three, under the general heading "Beyond the Fields We Know," are related tales, as explained in the publisher's note preceding the first, "Idle Days on the Yann," which was previously published in the author's earlier collection A Dreamer's Tales, but reprinted in the current one owing to the relationship.

13. A Dreamer’s Tales - "A Dreamer's Tales" is a collection of sixteen fantasy short stories, and varies from the wistfulness of "Blagdaross" to the horrors of "Poor Old Bill" and "Where the Tides Ebb and Flow" to the social satire of "The Day of the Poll." (text from Wikipedia articles on Lord Dunsany and "A Dreamer's Tales"

14. A Legend Of The Dawn by Lord Dunsany (10th story in Short Story Collection # 60)

15. The Vengeance Of Men by Lord Dunsany  (11th story in Short Story Collection # 60)

16. Tales of WonderThe Last Book of Wonder, originally published as Tales of Wonder, is the tenth book and sixth original short story collection of Irish fantasy writer Lord Dunsany, considered a major influence on the work of J. R. R. Tolkien, H. P. Lovecraft, Ursula K. Le Guin and others. 

17. Where the Tides Ebb and Flow - (14th story in Short Ghost and Horror Collection # 26)

18. Fifty One Tales - A multitude of  17 short stories populated with things that lurk in the dark corners of human imagination. Wonderfully crafted and sometimes ending with an unexpected outcome, these stories are well rooted in mythology and speak of things beyond the thin veil of reality.

19. Don Rodriguez: Chronicles of Shadow Valley - A coming of age story blended with a swashbuckling road trip through an mythical "golden age" of Spain. The titular character is excluded from the inheritance of the family castle on the grounds that given his expertise with sword and mandolin he should be able to win his own estate and bride. Setting out to achieve his place in the world, Rodriguez quickly acquires a Sancho Panza-like servant, Morano, and goes on to experience a series of adventures, often humorous, en route to his goal. Lord Dunsany, well known as an influence on J.R.R. Tolkein, H.P. Lovecraft, Ursula Le Guin, Neil Gaiman, and others, creates a world in which anything is possible, and all outcomes serve poetry and wonder first.