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Tales of Wonder

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The 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.

The first edition, in hardcover, was published in London by Elkin Mathews in October 1916 as Tales of Wonder, followed by a Boston hardcover publication in November 1916, by John W. Luce & Co.. The title of the American edition, The Last Book of Wonder, was Dunsany's own preferred title. The British and American editions also differ in that they arrange the material slightly differently.

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TALES OF WONDER

by Lord Dunsany

A Tale of London Thirteen at Table The City on Mallington Moor Why the Milkman Shudders When He Perceives the Dawn The Bad Old Woman in Black The Bird of the Difficult Eye The Long Porter's Tale The Loot of Loma The Secret of the Sea How Ali Came to the Black Country The Bureau d'Echange de Maux A Story of Land and Sea

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A Tale of the Equator A Narrow Escape The Watch tower How Plash Goo Came to the Land of None's Desire The Three Sailors' Gambit The Exiles Club The Three Infernal Jokes

Preface

Ebrington Barracks

Aug. 16th 1916.

I do not know where I may be when this preface is read. As I write it in August 1916, I am at Ebrington Barracks, Londonderry, recovering from a slight wound. But it does not greatly matter where I am; my dreams are here before you amongst the following pages; and writing in a day when life is cheap, dreams seem to me all the dearer, the only things that survive... Continue reading book >>


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