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“It is a long journey from London to World’s End”
Dunsany’s Speculative-Fiction Books
General Notes on Lord Dunsany’s Works
(For convenience, this section is repeated atop 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 material here is presented in these different tabulations (one per page):
All SpecFic Books
A simple list of all of Lord Dunsany’s fantasy and science-fiction books, showing publication year, type (novel/collection), and—for reprints—the amount of original material (if any).
All SpecFic, Listed
This is the above list, but greatly expanded to show the full list of stories in each book of collected stories.
This is an alphabetical list of all of Lord Dunsany’s fantasy and science-fiction short stories, showing for each story all of the books in which it appears.
Unique SpecFic Stories
This is an alphabetical list of all of Lord Dunsany’s fantasy and science-fiction short stories that each appear in but a single book, plus a list of all of his books containing one or more stories unique to that book (with a count of unique stories in that book).
This list is similar to “All SpecFic Books” above, but also includes his non-speculative “mainstream” works (novels, stories, poems, essays, etc.); the speculative ones, however, are annotated as in the speculative-only list.
All Books, Listed
This is the above list, but greatly expanded to show the full list of stories in each book of collected stories, speculative and mainstream.
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 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 the volumes shown below (“apa” signifes “also published as”):
A Basic Lord Dunsany Speculative-Fiction Collection:
The Tale Collections:
The Great Book of Wonder * (An omnibus of the ten books listed below; those are—excepting the two non-fantasy ones—separately linked below, but it would be folly not to just buy the omnibus, which also includes 8 stories never previously collected.)
A Dreamer’s Tales *
(not be confused with the collection A Dreamer’s Tales & Other Stories)
The Book of Wonder *
(not be confused with this collection, nor with Book of Wonder, nor with The Last Book of Wonder)
Fifty-One Tales *
(As included in the omnibus, it actually has 52 tales, as the omnibus contains both the American and the British editions’ contents, which vary by one story each; the American version was later re-printed as The Food of Death.)
The Jorkens Sextet: (These are all collections of “club story” short stories featuring Mr Joseph Jorkens. There is also The Complete Jorkens, a deluxe three-volume preferred edition; it is now quite expensive, so I also link the individual Jorkens books below, but some are very hard to find outside the set, and even the individual volumes tend to the pricey.)
There is also a set of six collections from the Pegana Press of “Lost Tales”; those have some slight overlap with some of the works in the books above, but seem to be mostly unique works. I do not list them here as “Basic” because they are all extremely rare and three-digits expensive.
The listings above do not include the 2006 omnibus titled Tales of God and Men for the simple reason that it never existed past a few early review copies; it was scheduled for release in November of 2006, but was cancelled by the publisher in September of that year (I have been unable to determine why, but I’d guess copyright difficulties). It would have been an 8-volume omnibus, and the preferred main source for Dunsany, but what is, is (or, in this case, what isn’t, isn’t).
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. The half dozen “Jorkens” books of stories 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, even with all the recent “re-discovered” tales, 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 (though, being from 2009, it may by now be dated).
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) that appear in but a single book—and so are “unique”. The list also shows, of course, the unique book in which each occurs. There is a second, smaller table that is an “upside-down” form of this list—all unique books with all the tales in each—appearing farther down this page, as the grey “Quick page jumps” shows.
All Speculative-Fiction Tales Ocurring in But a Single Book:
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