The Book of Wonder
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|Illustrator||Sidney H. Sime|
|Country||Ireland, and also the United Kingdom|
|Published||1912 William Heinemann|
|Media type||Print (hardback)|
|Preceded by||A Dreamer's Tales|
|Followed by||Five Plays|
The Book of Wonder is the seventh book and fifth original short story collection of Irish fantasy writer Lord Dunsany, considered a major influence on the work of J. R. R. Tolkien, H. P. Lovecraft, Ursula K. Le Guin, and others. It was first published in hardcover by William Heinemann in November, 1912, and has been reprinted a number of times since. A 1918 edition from the Modern Library was actually a combined edition with Time and the Gods.
The book collects fourteen fantasy short stories by the author.
Lord Dunsany employed the talents of Sidney Sime to illustrate his fantasy short story collections, but The Book of Wonder is unique in that Sydney Sime drew the illustrations first, and Lord Dunsany wrote the tales to incorporate them:
'I found Mr Sime one day, in his strange house at Worplesdon, complaining that editors did not offer him very suitable subjects for illustration; so I said: "Why not do any pictures you like, and I will write stories explaining them, which may add a little to their mystery?"'
- "The Bride of the Man-Horse"
- "The Distressing Tale of Thangobrind the Jeweller, and of the Doom that Befell Him"
- "The House of the Sphinx"
- "The Probable Adventure of the Three Literary Men"
- "The Injudicious Prayers of Pombo the Idolator"
- "The Loot of Bombasharna"
- "Miss Cubbidge and the Dragon of Romance"
- "The Quest of the Queen's Tears"
- "The Hoard of the Gibbelins"
- "How Nuth Would Have Practised His Art upon the Gnoles"
- "How One Came, as Was Foretold, to the City of Never"
- "The Coronation of Mr. Thomas Shap"
- "Chu-Bu and Sheemish"
- "The Wonderful Window"
- Joshi, S. T. (1993). Lord Dunsany: a Bibliography / by S. T. Joshi and Darrell Schweitzer. Metuchen, N.J.: The Scarecrow Press, Inc. p. 4.
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