I am forever grateful to Lin Carter for his republishing the authors Dale listed in the
original run of the Ballantine Adult Fantasy Series. I still have those editions on my
bookshelves forty years later.
On Tue, Nov 8, 2011 at 5:56 AM, <WendellWag@...>
To back up this assertion, you might want to quote what Michael Dirda says
in his new book On Conan Doyle. Dirda is generally considered one
of the best current book critics (and, incidentally, was a guest at Mythcon
25). Dirda says, "What Conan Doyle is to the detective story, Dunsany is
to the modern fantasy: the Master."
In a message dated 6/28/2011 10:43:30 A.M. Eastern Daylight Time,
Would anyone care to question this assertion, that Lord Dunsany was the greatest British writer of
fantasy for adults during the period between the end of the Victorian era and
I'm deliberately not defining
"greatest," although for some that may make the statement almost
The assertion implies that Dunsany's eight or so
collections of fantasies and The King of
Elfland's Daughter etc. comprise a "greater" achievement than that of
E. R. Eddison, William Hope Hodgson, Hope Mirrlees, David Lindsay, and others
who published major works such as The Worm
Ouroboros, The Night Land, Lud-in-the-Mist, and A Voyage to Arcturus in that
I'm asking because in a short piece I have drafted for Beyond Bree I make this claim, but there's
probably time for me to change it if need be. Conversely, if the
statement seems right to you, I'd be happy to know that too.