Lord Dunsany was an Irish dramatist and storyteller. His fantasy worlds combined imagination with ingenuity to create stories full of wonder. His more than 50 works were full of fairies and gods. His kingdoms could often be macabre. Tales of War was a political work. It often delves into the fantastic realm, which is partly why it is of interest to readers of classic Dunsany. Stories included in this collection are: The Prayer of the Men of Daleswood, The Road, An Imperial Monument, A Walk to the Trenches, A Walk in Picardy, Standing To, The Splendid Traveller, Two Degrees of Envy, and others.
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Tales of War contains, intermixed with its evocative descriptions of the landscape, both green and desolate, many striking and memorable vignettes of the War: the funeral of Richthofen, the Red Baron. The Kaiser praying at Cologne Cathedral before a great battle. Watching a Charlie Chaplin film near the front lines. (Even then, he says, Chaplin was the most famous man in the world).
The value, however, of Lord Dunsany's tales and reflections does not lie in what he contributes to the historical chronicle. Tales of Waris the account of a traveller through both the old world and the new. From his example we see that the love of nature, fondness for the good and simple things of life, and kindliness of spirit, though stressed by the terrible War, need not be made extinct.About the Author:
Edward John Moreton Drax Plunkett, 18th Baron of Dunsany (24 July 1878 – 25 October 1957) was an Irish writer and dramatist, notable for his work, mostly in fantasy, published under the name Lord Dunsany. More than eighty books of his work were published, and his oeuvre includes many hundreds of published short stories, as well as successful plays, novels and essays. Born to the second-oldest title (created 1439) in the Irish peerage, Dunsany lived much of his life at what may be Ireland's longest-inhabited house, Dunsany Castle near Tara, worked with W. B. Yeats and Lady Gregory, received an honorary doctorate from Trinity College, Dublin, was chess and pistol-shooting champion of Ireland, and travelled and hunted extensively. He died in Dublin after an attack of appendicitis.
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Book Description Book Jungle, 2008. Paperback. Book Condition: New. book. Bookseller Inventory # M1605973254
Book Description Book Jungle, 2008. Paperback. Book Condition: Brand New. 72 pages. 9.00x7.30x0.30 inches. In Stock. This item is printed on demand. Bookseller Inventory # 1605973254