A Dreamer's Tales
by Lord Dunsany
"Toldees, Mondath, Arizim, these are the Inner Lands, the lands whose sentinels upon their borders do not behold the sea. Beyond them to the east there lies a desert, for ever untroubled by man: all yellow it is, and spotted with shadows of stones, and Death is in it, like a leopard lying in the sun . . ." So begins "Poltarnees, Beholder of Ocean," Lord Dunsany's celebrated story about the enchantment of the sea over young men. This collection of sixteen stories, including "Idle Days on the Yann," "Bethmoora," and "In Zaccarath," contains Dunsany's finest writing. Dunsany is considered the precursor of modern fantasy. His style influenced, among others, H.P. Lovecraft, Michael Moorcock, Arthur C. Clarke, and Ursula K. Le Guin.
About the Author
Edward John Moreton Drax Plunkett, eighteenth Baron Dunsany, was born in 1878, and spent most of his life on family estates in Ireland. He was a renowned cricketer, chess player, and huntsman, but is best known for his writing. The author of over thirty works of fiction, as well as plays, essays, and poetry, Lord Dunsany is remembered primarily for his seminal fantasy novels and stories. He died in 1957.
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