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The King of Elfland's Daughter

Lord Dunsany

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Fantasy Masterworks, Fiction, Fantasy

A true classic and 'Dunsany's masterpiece ... that may well be the same as saying it could be the very best fairy story ever written' - Graham Wilson

'He contrasted the mortal world, in wonder, with the deep calm of his home, where the moment moved more slowly than the shadows of the houses here, and did not pass until all the content with which a moment is stored had been drawn from it by every creature in Elfland...'


The poetic style and sweeping grandeur of THE KING OF ELFLAND'S DAUGHTER has made it one of the most beloved fantasy novels of our time, a masterpiece that influenced some of the greatest contemporary fantasists. The heartbreaking story of a marriage between a mortal man and an elf princess is a masterful tapestry of the fairy tale following the "happily ever after".

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Praise for The King of Elfland's Daughter

  • A fine, strange, almost forgotten novel ... the writing is beautiful ... This is the real thing. It's a rich red wine, which may come as a shock if all one has had so far has been cola. So trust the book. Trust the poetry and the strangeness, and the magic of the ink, and drink it slowly

  • Lord Dunsany's is immensely significant as well as enjoyable even today

  • A fantasy novel in a class with the Tolkien books

  • We find that he has but transfigured with beauty the common sights of the world

  • Dunsany's masterpiece ... that may well be the same as saying it could be the very best fairy story ever written'

  • It's not simply the beauty of the language, the astute eye for character, the hint of humor, or even the spell of legendry and wonder, but Dunsany's unique combination of all of the above. Even read today, with all the fantasy novels I've read, his work remains fresh and exuberant - Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction

  • One of the greatest writers of the twentieth century

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Lord Dunsany

Lord Dunsany (1897-1957)

Born in London of an Anglo-Irish family that could trace its roots back to the twelfth century, Edward John Moreton Drax Plunkett, 18th Baron Dunsany, was a globetrotter, sportsman, hunter, poet, playwright and chessplayer. He wrote The Gods of Pegana in 1904, which became an unexpected succes d'estime and was followed by several collections which have been an inspiration for modern fantasy writers.

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