(1878 – 1957)
THE FATHER OF MODERN FANTASY?
British peer, Edward John Moreton Drax Plunkett, who became the eighteenthBaron Dunsany in 1899, was born in London on 24 July 1878. The Dunsanyfamily seat is in County Meath, northwest of Dublin. Educated at Eton andSandhurst, he was wounded in WWI and earlier had served the British crownduring the Boer War. Known as an excellent chess player, Lord Dunsany was theIrish champion and wrote on the subject.A successful author and playwright, he wrote over seventy books and numerousplays. His early short story collections include; The Gods of Pegana (1905), Timeand the Gods (1906), The Sword of Welleran (1908), and A Dreamer's Tales(1910). This collection, The Book of Wonder, was originally published in 1912.Later collections of short fantasy works include Fifty-one Tales, aka The Food of Death (1915), Tales of Wonder (1916), Tales of Three Hemispheres (1919), TheMan Who Ate the Phoenix (1947), and The Little Tales of Smethers (1952). Hisfantasy novels include Don Rodriguez: Chronicles of Shadow Valley aka TheChronicles of Rodrigues (1922), The King of Elfland's Daughter (1924), TheCharwoman's Shadow (1926), The Blessing of Pan (1927), The Curse of the WiseWoman (1933), My Talks with Dean Spanley (1936), and The Strange Journeys of Colonel Polders.Along with William Morris and George MacDonald, Lord Dunsany is consideredone of the fathers of modern fantasy. Authors H. P. Lovecraft and Fletcher Prattare two of the more well-known, open admirers of Dunsany, both being greatlyinfluenced by Lord Dunsany’s work. Lord Dunsany died in Dublin on 25 October1957 but his works lives on and has influenced many fantasy writers and gamedesigners ever since.Enjoy,Mark CloverCreative Mountain Games