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"It is a long journey from London to World's End . . . ."

Lord Dunsany




General Notes on Lord Dunsany's Works

(For convenience, this section is repeated on each of the pages tabulated below.)

Dunsany was a prolific writer of works both in and out of the speculative-fiction mode. Moreover, a great deal of his work was short stories, and large numbers of collections, some original, some reprints exist; worse, many of these collections have complete, near-complete, or partial overlap, making the task of the reader who would explore Dunsany's output in full a taxing one. I have here attempted to bring some order to a bibliography of Dunsany's published works, including his entire oeuvre but focussing especially on his speculative-fiction output. Such a bibliography has been done in print by S. T. Joshi and Darrell Schweitzer, but copies are expensive and it is not up to date (being from 1993). Also, the material here presents the data in several different forms, each of which, I hope, will have its utility for the reader.

The diligent may also find the Wikipedia bibliography of Dunsany of some interest (as a cross-check if nothing else), as well as the well-researched entries at the ISFDB.

The material here is presented in these different tabulations (one per page):

Tabulation Explanation
All SpecFic Books The titles of all of Dunsany's speculative-fiction books, showing publication year, type (novel/collection), and--for reprints--the amount of original material.
SpecFic All The above, expanded: each of Dunsany's speculative-fiction books, dated and annotated, including the full story contents of each collection.
SpecFic Stories Each of Dunsany's short stories, listed alphabetically, showing all books in which it has appeared (in chronological order).
Unique SpecFic Tales All Dunsany short stories appearing in but a single book (showing, of course, which book).
Unique SpecFic Books Converse of the above: all Dunsany books with content to be found in no other book.
Works All Each of Dunsany's books, speculative or not (dated and, for speculative fiction, annotated as appropriate).
Works All Listed The above, expanded: each of Dunsany's books, speculative or not, dated and annotated, including the full contents (stories, poems, essays, etc.) of each collection.

Some few notes are in order. First, titles of both books and individual stories are my best attempt at "canonical", but minor variants, notably in capitalization, are not uncommon in other lists (as, for example, between The Man Who Ate the Phoenix and The Man who Ate the Phoenix). Second, the canonical story titles are used even when the title as given in a particular reprint edition is quite different (that is almost entirely a matter of the Ballantine Dunsany collections edited by the well-meaning but sometimes-bumbling Lin Carter); in such cases, I have appended the title used with the notation (here titled Whatever). Third, the speculative-fiction listings omit anything but novels and stories (that is, no plays or poems, of which Dunsany produced not a few). Fourth, I have for internal sorting purposes labelled each of his speculative-fiction books as either Novel or Tales, but his non-speculative books are each either novel (lower-cased) or Stories (or, of course, whatever other form they may be, such as Poems or Plays or whatnot); there is no difference between the designations except whether the labelled works are speculative.

Note also that--as you might expect--most book titles, here and in the tabulation below, are click-on links each to a page that will show all editions of that book currently available for purchase new (through Amazon) or used (through Abebooks).

The reader wanting to acquire as much Dunsany as possible in as few volumes as possible will find listed in these pages all the "unique" speculative-fiction books--that is, those containing at least one story not appearing in any other published book. But, as that tabulation notes, that is scarcely all that one needs, because there are very many stories in none of those "unique" books, but repeated in many others. The bulk of Dunsany's speculative fiction may be had in a collection comprising these volumes ("apa" signifes "also published as"):

(Those last two novels above, Dunsany's "science-fiction" output, are not links because, to be blunt, they aren't up to Dunsany's usual level of quality, though--being Dunsany, after all--they are not so awful as to be unreadable or anything of that sort.)

The reader then wanting to "fill in the cracks" would need to add to the collection these:

The listings above do not include an odd work, a 2006 collection titled Tales of God and Men, which had a sufficient existence to have cover images and a few early reviews, but which seems to have ceased uttterly to exist after that--no bookseller, no library, no anything I can find has one single copy. It was an omnibus of the six books in Time and the Gods (as shown above) plus Fifty-One Tales (presumably to the American edition) and Tales of Three Hemispheres, plus some unspecified "previously uncollected stories"--all in all, quite a feast, especially as it is said to have included all the Sime illustrations that are so vital to the original books. Simon & Schuster, the parent of the listed publishers (variously Pocket Books and Cold Spring Press) has yet to respond to an emailed request for more information. In the circumstances, it seems pointless to list that work as a potential addition to anyone's collection.

Some books wanting special comment: The Little Tales of Smethers, though thoroughly Dunsanian, is not speculative fiction save for (perhaps) one tale, and so is not included in the specfic lists. Then there are the half dozen "Jorkens" books of stories; those are of the classic form of the British "club tale", told round the fireplace in a gentlemen's club, but a substantial fraction of the tales are fantastic (or, occasionally, science-fictional), and even those that are not have that style and air one might call "far-awayness"; in any event it would be silly, very difficult, and ultimately pointless (as they are all collected together) to try to segregate individual Jorkens tales as to "speculative" or not.

Finally, there remains a body of yet-uncollected work, speculative and other. Jeff Wyonch has presented a list of uncollected Dunsany to which it would be supererogation to attempt to add.



Lord Dunsany's Fantasy and Science-Fiction Stories

The Table below shows each of Dunsany's speculative-fiction short stories ever published in a book collection (with the possible exception of those in The Little Tales of Smethers, though I think but one tale in that book would be classed a fantasy). The list shows, for each story, all the books in which it has appeared, in chronological order, with such book annotations as seem significant. Most of the book titles are click-on links that will take one to a page where one will find such editions and copies of the book as are currently for sale, new (through Amazon) or used (through Abebooks).


All Speculative-Fiction Tales Published in Books:
Absentminded Professor, An
Across the Colour Bar
African Magic
After Many a Summer
After the Fire
After-Dinner Speech, The
Alhireth-Hotep the Prophet
Alone the Immortals
Among the Neutrals
Angelic Shepard, The
Archive of the Older Mysteries, An
Assignation, The
At the End of the Universe
August in the Red Sea, An
Autumn Cricket
Avenger of Perdondaris, The
Awful Dream, The
Bad Old Woman in Black, The
Bare Truth, The
Beggars, The
Bethmoora
Big Bang, A
Bird of Doom and the End, The
Bird of the Difficult Eye, The
Bit of Counter-Espionage, A
Black Mamba, The
Blagdaross
Bride of the Man-Horse, The
Bringing Things Up to Date
Bureau d'Exchange de Maux, The
By Command of Pharaoh
By Night in a Forest
Carcassonne
Cause, The
Cave of Kai, The
Charm Against Thirst, The
Charon
Chaunt of the Gods, The
Chaunt of the Priests, The
Chess-Player, the Financier, and Another, The
Choice, The
Chu-Bu and Sheemish
City of Wonder, A
City on Mallington Moor, The
City, The
Cleverness of Dr. Caber, The
Club Secretary, The
Coming of the Sea, The
Compromise
Concerning Sish
Conversation in Bond Street, A
Coronation of Mr. Thomas Shap, The
Correct Kit, The
Correcting Nature
Cricket Problem, A
Curse of the Witch, The
Cut, The
Daughter of Rameses, A
Day of the Poll, The
Deal with a Witch, A
Deal with the Devil, A
Deal, The
Death and Odysseus
Death and the Orange
Death of Pan, The
Deeds of Mung, The
Demagogue and the Demi-Monde, The
Descent of the Sultan of Khash, The
Desperado in Surrey, A
Development of the Rillswood Estate, The
Devil among the Willows, The
Distressing Tale of Thangobrind the Jeweller, and of the Doom that Befell Him, The
Doom of La Traviata, The
Doubtful Story, A
Down Among the Kingcups
Dream of King Karna-Vootra, The
Dreams of the Prophet, The
Drink at a Running Stream, A
Earth's Secret
East and West
Eccentricity of Genius, An
Electric King, The
Elephant Shooting
English Magnifico, The
Escape from the Valley, The
Exiles' Club, The
Experiment, The
Explanation, The
Expulsion, The
Eye in the Waste, The
Fable for Moderns, A
Fairy Gold
Fall of Babbulkund, The
Fancy Man, The
Fatal Mistake, A
Field, The
Fields Where the Satyrs Danced, The
Fight in the Drawing-Room, The
Fight with Knives, A
Finding of Mr. Jupkens, The
First Watch-Dog, The
Fishing Story, A
Food of Death, The
For the Honour of the Gods
Fortress Unvanquishable, Save for Sacnoth, The
Friend of the Family, A
Furrow-Maker
Ghost in the Old Corridor, The
Ghost of the Valley, The
Ghosts of the Heaviside Layer, The
Ghosts, The
Giant Poppy, The
Gifts of the Gods, The
Gods of Clay, The
Gods of Pegana, The
Golden Gods, The
Gratitude of the Devil, The
Greatest Invention, The
Grecian Singer, The
Greek Meets Greek
Guest, The
Hashish Man, The
Haunting of Halahanstown, The
Helping the Fairies
Hen, The
Highwayman, The
Hoard of the Gibbelins, The
Honorary Member, The
House of the Sphinx, The
How Abdul Din Saved Justice
How Ali Came to the Black Country
How Jembu Played for Cambridge
How Nuth Would Have Practised His Art Upon the Gnoles
How Nuth Would Have Practised His Art upon the Gnoles
How One Came, As Was Foretold, to the City of Never
How Plash-Goo Came to the Land of None's Desire
How Ryan Got Out of Russia
How the Enemy Came to Thlunrana
How the Gods Avenged Meoul Ki Ning
How the Lost Causes Were Removed from Valhalla
How the Office of Postman Fell Vacant In Otford-under-the Wold
How the Tinker Came to Skavangur
Hurricane, The
Idle City, The
Idle Days on the Yann
Idle Tears
Idyll of the Sahara, An
In Zaccarath
In Zaccaroth
In a Dim Room
In the Garden of Memories
In the Land of Time
In the Mojave
In the Twilight
Influenza
Ingratiating Smile, The
Injudicious Prayers of Pombo the Idolater, The
Invention of Dr. Caber, The
Invention of the Age, The
Ivory Poacher, The
Jarton's Disease
Je-Ne-Sais-Quoi, The
Jest of the Gods, The
Jorkens Consults a Prophet
Jorkens Family Emeralds, The
Jorkens Handles a Big Property
Jorkens Leaves Prison
Jorkens Looks Forward
Jorkens Practises Medicine and Magic
Jorkens Retires from Business
Jorkens among the Ghosts
Jorkens in High Finance
Jorkens in Witch Wood
Jorkens' Dilemma
Jorkens' Problem
Jorkens' Regret
Jorkens' Revenge
Jorkens' Ride
Journey of the King, The
Kabok the Prophet
Khamseen, The
King of Sarahb, The
King that was not, The
Kith of the Elf-Folk, The
Large Diamond, A
Last Bull, The
Last Dream of Bwona Khubla, The
Latest Thing, The
Legend of the Dawn, A
Letting Bygones be Bygones
Life's Work, A
Lion and the Unicorn, The
Little City, The
Little Light, The
Little Snow White up to Date
Lobster Salad
Lonely Idol, The
Long Memory, A
Long Porter's Tale, The
Loot of Bombasharna, The
Loot of Loma, The
Lord of Cities, The
Losing Game, A
Lost Charm, The
Lost Invention, The
Lost Romance, The
Lost
Mad Ghost, The
Madness of Andelsprutz, The
Making Fine Weather
Man With the Golden Ear-rings, The
Man who Ate the Phoenix, The
Matter of Business, A
Meeting of Spirits, A
Men of Yarnith, The
Messengers, The
Mgamu
Misadventure
Miss Cubbidge and the Dragon of Romance
Mist, The
  • (1915) Fifty-One Tales [American edition] - Tales  [all reprints - no original tales]
  • (1974) The Food of Death - Tales  [all reprints - no original tales]
Mistaken Identity, A
Mlideen
Modern Conqueror, A
Moral Little Tale, A
Mrs. Jorkens
Mrs. Mulger
Mystery of the East, A
Narrow Escape, A
Nature and Time
Neapolitan Ice, The
Near Thing, A
New Moon, The
Nice Lot of Diamonds, A
Night and Morning
Not Guilty
Of Dorozhand
Of How Imbaun Became High Prophet in Aradec of All the Gods Save One
Of How Imbaun Met Zodrak
Of How Imbaun Spake of Death to the King
Of How the Gods Whelmed Sidith
Of Ood
Of Roon, the God of Going
Of Skarl the Drummer
Of Yoharneth-Lahai
Of the Calamity That Befell Yun-Ilara by the Sea, and of the Building of the Tower of the Ending of Days
Of the Game of the Gods
Of the Making of the Worlds
Of the Thing That is Neither God nor Beast
Old Brown Coat, The
Old Emma
Old Man's Tale, An
On Other Paths
On Wings of Song
On the Dry Land
On the Other Side of the Sun
One Summer's Evening
Opal Arrow-head, The
Our Distant Cousins
Out West
Ozymandias
Pale-Green Image, The
Partner, The
Pearly Beach, The
Pegana
Persian Spell, The
Plaything of Our Betters, A
Poet Speaks With Earth, The
Policeman's Prophecy, The
Poltarnees, Beholder of Ocean
Poor Old Bill
Poseidon
Possibility of Life on the Third Planet, The
Poulet a la Richelieu
Prayer of Boob Aheera, The
Prayer of the Flowers, The
Pretty Quarrel, A
Probable Adventure of the Three Literary Men, The
Prophet Without Honour, A
Pundleton's Audience
Queer Island, A
Quest of the Queen's Tears, The
Raft-Builders, The
Rash Remark, A
Rebuff, The
Relenting of Sarnidac, The
Return of Song, The
Return of the Exiles, The
Return, The
Revelation to Mr. Periple, The
Revolt of the Home Gods, The
Reward, The
River, The
Romance of His Life, The
Rose By-Pass, The
Rose Tibbets
Roses
Royal Dinner, A
Royal Swan, A
Sack of Emeralds, The
Sacred City of Krakovlitz, The
Sayings of Imbaun, The
Sayings of Kib, The
Sayings of Limpang-Tung, The
Sayings of Slid, The
Secret of the Gods, The
Secret of the Sea, The
Secret of the Sphinx, The
Shop in Go-by Street, A
Showman, The
Sign, The
Sleuthing of Lily Bostum, The
Slugly Beast, The
Snake Story, A
Snow Water
Song of the Blackbird, The
Songless Country, The
Sorrow of Search, The
South Wind, The
Spanish Castle, A
Sphinx at Gizeh, The
Sphinx in Thebes (Massachusetts), The
Spring in Town
Storm, The
Story of Jorkens' Watch, The
Story of Land and Sea, A
Strange Drug of Dr. Caber, The
Stranger Than Fiction
Strategy at the Billiards Club
Sultan's Pet, The
Sultan, the Monkey and the Banana, The
Sword and the Idol, The
Sword of Welleran, The
Taking Up Picadilly
Tale of London, A
Tale of the Abu Laheeb, The
Tale of the Equator, A
Thirteen at Table
Three Infernal Jokes, The
Three Sailors' Gambit, The
Three Tall Sons, The
Tiger's Skin, The
Time and the Gods
Time and the Tradesman
  • (1915) Fifty-One Tales [American edition] - Tales  [all reprints - no original tales]
  • (1915) Fifty-One Tales [British edition: London: Elkins Mathews] - Tales
  • (1974) The Food of Death - Tales  [all reprints - no original tales]
Told Under Oath
Tomb of Pan, The
Track through the Wood, The
Trouble in Leafy Green Street, The
  • (1915) Fifty-One Tales [American edition] - Tales  [all reprints - no original tales]
  • (1915) Fifty-One Tales [British edition: London: Elkins Mathews] - Tales
  • (1974) The Food of Death - Tales  [all reprints - no original tales]
True History of the Hare and the Tortoise, The
Two Jenets, The
Two Scientists, The
Two-Way War, The
Ultimate Goal, The
Unhappy Body, The
Unpasturable Fields, The
Unrecorded Test Match, The
Usury
Vengeance of Men, The
Verdict, The
Visitor, The
Walk in the Night, A
Walk to Lingham, The
Warning, The
Watch-Tower, The
Welcome, The
What Jorkens Has to Put up With
What We Have Come To
When the Gods Slept
Where Everyone's Business is Known
Where the Tides Ebb and Flow
Which Way?
Whirlpool, The
Why the Milkman Shudders When He Perceives the Dawn
Widow Flynn's Apple Tree, The
Wind and Fog
Wind in the Wood, The
Witch of the Willows, The
Wonderful Day, A
Wonderful Window, The
Workman, The
Worm and the Angel, The
Yonath the Prophet
Yug the Prophet




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