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Plays of Near & Far   By: (1878-1957)

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Plays of Near & Far by Edward John Moreton Drax Plunkett Dunsany, better known as Lord Dunsany, is a remarkable collection of dramatic works that transport readers to captivating worlds, both near and far. Dunsany's extraordinary imagination and poetic language shine through in each of these plays, leaving a lasting impression on the reader.

One of the standout qualities of this collection is the author's ability to create vivid and intricate settings that transport the audience to various realms of existence. From ancient mythical landscapes to futuristic dystopian cities, Dunsany effortlessly creates detailed backdrops that immerse readers in his fantastical worlds. His landscapes are often filled with mystical creatures, mythical beings, and characters that captivate the imagination.

Dunsany's playwriting style is characterized by poetic language, eloquent dialogue, and rich symbolism. The rhythmic and lyrical quality of his writing gives the plays a heightened and otherworldly atmosphere that adds depth to the narratives. Each character's dialogue is carefully crafted to convey their unique personalities and motivations, further enriching the storytelling.

Moreover, one fascinating aspect of Plays of Near & Far is the variety of themes explored throughout the collection. Dunsany delves into timeless topics such as the nature of fate, the pitfalls of human ambition, the clash of civilizations, and the consequences of power. These universal themes resonate with readers and add a thought-provoking layer to the stories, elevating them beyond mere entertainment.

However, it is worth mentioning that the archaic language and stylized dialogue may pose a challenge to some readers. Dunsany's writing style may require a degree of patience and commitment to fully appreciate the intricacies of the plays. Nevertheless, those who are willing to invest their time and effort will be rewarded with enchanting and transcendent storytelling.

In conclusion, Plays of Near & Far is a mesmerizing collection of dramatic works that showcases Lord Dunsany's immense talent as a playwright. His ability to create immersive worlds, his poetic language, and his exploration of profound themes make this collection a must-read for fans of fantasy and drama alike. Dunsany's plays are not just conventional dramas; they are gateways to imaginative realms that challenge and captivate the reader's mind.

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Plays of Near & Far

By

LORD DUNSANY

G. P. Putnam's Sons London & New York

MADE IN GREAT BRITAIN

First printed December, 1922

Limited Edition: Five Hundred Copies only

Printed by the BOTOLPH PRINTING WORKS GATE ST., KINGSWAY, W.C.2

By LORD DUNSANY

THE GODS OF PEGANA TIME AND THE GODS THE SWORD OF WELLERAN A DREAMER'S TALES THE BOOK OF WONDER FIVE PLAYS FIFTY ONE TALES TALES OF WONDER PLAYS OF GODS AND MEN TALES OF WAR UNHAPPY FAR OFF THINGS TALES OF THREE HEMISPHERES IF THE CHRONICLES OF RODRIGUEZ

PREFACE

Believing plays to be solely for the stage, I have never before allowed any of mine to be printed until they had first faced from a stage the judgment of an audience, to see if they were entitled to be called plays at all. A successful production also has been sometimes a moral support to me when some critic has said, as for instance of "A Night at an Inn," that though it reads passably it could never act.

But in this book I have made an exception to this good rule (as it seems to me), and that exception is "The Flight of the Queen." I know too little of managers and theatres to know what to do with it, and have a feeling that it will be long before it is ever acted, and am too fond of this play to leave it in obscurity. This beautiful story has been lying about the world for countless centuries, without ever having been dramatized... Continue reading book >>




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