22489Re: [mythsoc] Quick take on Lord Dunsany?
- Jun 29, 2011On Jun 28, 2011, at 6:15 PM, WendellWag@... wrote:Wow. Thanks for the high praise, Wendell. But I think Doug Anderson shd be added to the list; he contributed a good deal to the Joshi-Schweitzer Dunsany Bibliography.To these shd be added others listed in the "Theses and Dissertations" section of the Joshi-Schweitzer Bibliography: nine in all, including five not listed above. The most important of these is J. F. La Croix's Trinity College Dublin diss. from 1956, since he actually contacted Dunsany and got a little information directly from him (including Dunsany's opinion of Lovecraft). And in addition to Amory and Joshi shd be added Schweitzer's book (portions of which appeared long ago in MYTHLORE), the Bibliography, and Littlefield Smith's memoir. I'd include de Camp's book as well, since it includes a chapter on Ld D.On Jun 29, 2011, at 6:31 AM, davise@... wrote:University Microfilms lists 3 theses on Dunsany:
xJohn Rateliff, " 'Beyond the fields we know': The short stories of
Lord Dunsany, Marquette U., 1990.
xRonald Gallagher, "The uses of the supernatural in the works of Lord Dunsany and James Stephens," U. Washington, 1990.
xLinda Pashka, "Dunsany's other worlds: The prose fantasy of Lord Dunsany", U. Calgary, 1987.
The Wikipedia article also states that Tania Scott is currently doing a dissertation on Dunsany at U. Glasgow. She has given some talks, but does not seem to have published much.
WorldCat lists additionally (books and theses)
Mark Amory, "Biography of Lord Dunsany", Collins, 1972.
Sunand Joshi, "Lord Dunsany, master of the Anglo-Irish Imagination"
Greenwood Press, 1996.
xMax Duperray, "Le monde imaginaire de Lord Dunsany, 1878-1957"
thesis, U. de Lille, 1979.If my dissertation has anything that makes it stand out (and I shd point out that Joshi is dismissive of it), it's that so far as I know I'm the only one to have bothered to look at Dunsany's manuscripts (at Austin, in Binghampton, in London, in Dublin, &c) and taken into account what they tell us about Dunsany's method of composition.I agree with a fondness for critics actually expressing an opinion when they have one. Even if I disagree with it, at least I know where they stand. As for D.'s achievement, remember that he wrote over four hundred stories and published over seventy books: he's one of those authors who wrote far too much and published almost everything he wrote. Then too his aesthetic creed prevented him from revising anything he wrote, which served him well early on but not later in his career when his inspiration flagged. The best thing anyone can do in Dunsany scholarship, I think, is to point people interested in giving him a try towards the good stuff so they don't flounder right away on the lesser works.And may I add what a pleasure it is to see folks discussing a good fantasy author beyond the Official Three here.--John R.
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