Critical Essays On Lord Dunsany by S. T. JoshiCritical Essays On Lord Dunsany by S. T. Joshi

Critical Essays On Lord Dunsany

EditorS. T. Joshi

Hardcover | August 22, 2013

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From the publication of his first book in 1905 until his death, Lord Dunsany (1878-1957) was an immensely popular Anglo-Irish writer. He has long been admired in the realms of fantasy, horror, and supernatural fiction and was a friend and colleague of writers W. B. Yeats, Lady Gregory, James Stephens, and Oliver St. John Gogarty. In recent years he has enjoyed a resurgence as a pioneering fantasy writer and an immense influence on later work in the genre. Critical Essays on Lord Dunsany is the first volume to assemble studies of Dunsany's short fiction, novels, plays, and memoirs, as well as discussions of his influence on such writers as J. R. R. Tolkien and H. P. Lovecraft. The book also contains early articles and reviews by Yeats, Lovecraft, H. L. Mencken, Rebecca West, and Arthur C. Clarke. Seven original essays by leading contemporary scholars on Dunsany examine the use of medieval archetypes in his fantasy novels; the distinctiveness of his recurring character, clubman Joseph Jorkens; the influence of Don Quixote on his first novel, The Chronicles of Rodriguez (1922); the treatment of religion in his later novels; and other subjects.This anthology presents a comprehensive snapshot of Dunsany's distinctive work and his contribution to fantasy fiction and world literature. Making a case for the continued study of this neglected but hugely influential writer, Critical Essays on Lord Dunsany will be of great interest to enthusiasts of Dunsany's work as well as students and scholars of fantasy, horror, the supernatural, and Irish literature.
S. T. Joshi is the author of H. P. Lovecraft: A Life (2004), Gore Vidal: A Comprehensive Bibliography (Scarecrow Press, 2007), and H. L. Mencken: An Annotated Bibliography (Scarecrow Press, 2009). He is the editor of the Studies in Supernatural Literature series for Scarecrow Press.
Title:Critical Essays On Lord DunsanyFormat:HardcoverDimensions:304 pages, 9.27 × 6.31 × 1.08 inPublished:August 22, 2013Publisher:Scarecrow PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0810892340

ISBN - 13:9780810892347


Editorial Reviews

This volume collects twenty-eight essays, twelve of which date from Dunsany's life time, the earliest being a 1905 review of his first book; together they constitute an excellent overview of reactions to Dunsany and his works.... Readers with an interest in Dunsany will find this volume very rich and helpful, and those with an interest in Yeats, Lovecraft, Anglo-Irish literature, magical realism, and the history of fantasy will be rewarded as well. The selection is as Joshi claims, a 'representative sampling' (xv). Like many readers of Dunsany, my interests had focused only on certain works, neglecting others; this volume has given me a basis from which to explore and appreciate the rest of his oeuvre.