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22482Re: [mythsoc] Quick take on Lord Dunsany?

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  • dale nelson
    Jun 28, 2011
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      What with most of the responses here and elsewhere (to the claim of Dunsany as greatest or most important), I settled on this:

      "This late Lord Dunsany‚Äôs grandfather was an outstanding British fantasy writer for adults between the end of the 19th century and the 1930s, the decade in which Tolkien, Charles Williams, and C. S. Lewis began to publish major imaginative works.  Other notable fantasists of the first thirty years of the 20th century  include....etc."


      From: "WendellWag@..." <WendellWag@...>
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      Sent: Tue, June 28, 2011 8:15:43 PM
      Subject: Re: [mythsoc] Quick take on Lord Dunsany?


      Dale, if anyone questions your assertion about Dunsany, you can quote the statement below by John Rateliff and say that he is one of the most important living Dunsany scholars.  I don't think there are many Dunsany scholars.  I just Googled on "Dunsany scholar" and found only two people mentioned - Darrell Schweitzer and S. T. Joshi - neither of whom did a Ph.D. dissertation on Dunsany.
      Wendell Wagner
      In a message dated 6/28/2011 1:35:06 P.M. Eastern Daylight Time, sacnoth@... writes:
      I think this statement is self-evidently true of Dunsany for the first two decades of the twentieth century, the period of his eight collections of fantasy short stories and most (not all) of his major plays. But he's not as strong a novelist, so his productions of the twenties and thereafter represent a falling off. Why not say "the greatest fantasy short story writer, bar none, and the most influential fantasy writer of the first half of the century"?
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