Tony Canavan looks at Lord Dunsany’s My Talks with Dean Spanley.


Lord Dunsany—or, to give him his full name, Edward John Moreton Drax Plunkett, 18th Baron of Dunsany (1878–1957)—is best known for his fantasystories. He published more than 80 books, and his writing included hundreds of short stories, plays, novels and essays. His best-known novel is The King of Elfland’s Daughter, published in 1924. During the 1910s he was held in high esteem as one of the greatest living writers in the English-speaking world.

He was an interesting man in his own right. Born and raised in London, he inherited the second-oldest title (created in 1439) in the Irish peerage and settled in Ireland’s longest-inhabited house,Dunsany Castle, Co. Meath.He worked withW.B. YeatsandLady Gregory, and was chess and pistol-shooting champion of Ireland. He was related to the Home Rule politician SirHorace Plunkett andalso to Count George Plunkett and his son, the 1916 leader Joseph Mary Plunkett.[…]

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