Dunsany, Edward John Moreton Drax Plunkett, Baron, 1878-1957

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Birth 1878-07-24
Death 1957-10-25
Gender:
Male
Irish (Republic of Ireland)
English

Biographical notes:

Baron Edward John Moreton Drax Plunkett Dunsany was an author, aristocrat, adventurer, chessmaster, and soldier; he is probably best known for writing fantasy fiction, ghost stories, and drama under the name Lord Dunsany. Raised on the family estate in County Meath, Ireland, he was influenced by Greek mythology and the Bible. A member of the Coldstream Guards, he fought in the Boer War, World War I, and the Easter Rebellion. A prolific and diverse writer, he is considered an early master of high fantasy for the believable kingdoms he created and the vivid characters that inhabit them.

From the description of Lord Dunsany letters to Mr. Lawlor, 1939-1946. (Pennsylvania State University Libraries). WorldCat record id: 59716594

Anglo-Irish writer.

From the description of Correspondence, 1957, with William D. Boutwell. (University of Michigan). WorldCat record id: 34364866

From the description of Contract, 1935 Sept. 11. (University of Michigan). WorldCat record id: 34364861

From the description of Letter, 1932 Feb. 18, Dunsany Castle, Meath [Ireland], to Mr. Wilson, [n.p.]. (University of Michigan). WorldCat record id: 34364870

From the description of Lord Dunsany papers, 1940-1954. (Boston College). WorldCat record id: 55531715

Author.

From the description of Edward John Moreton Drax Plunkett papers, Baron Dunsany, 1909-1955. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 71010073

Irish author.

From the description of Autograph letter signed : Dunsany Castle, Co. Meath, to James Stephens, [1911]. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 270744044

Anglo-Irish writer Lord Dunsany (Edward John Moreton Drax Plunkett, Baron, 1878–1957), is best known for composing fantasy works that inspired authors such as J. R. R. Tolkien. Dunsany’s first play was performed at the Abbey Theatre and his stage shows were highly regarded in England and America as well. Dunsany's other literary contributions include short stories and poetry. Although he is considered a writer of the Irish Literary Renaissance and knew the main figures of the movement, Dunsany was a British subject who associated primarily with the British aristocracy.

"Dunsany, Edward John Moreton Drax Plunkett, Baron, 1878–1957." Literature Online. http://lion.chadwyck.com (accessed February 15, 2007). Locher, Frances C. (ed.). Contemporary Authors. Volume 104. Detroit: Gale Research Company, 1982. p. 130.

From the guide to the Lord Dunsany letter to Katherine Marie Cornelia Brégy, 1919 November 5, (University of Delaware Library - Special Collections)

Anglo-Irish writer Lord Dunsany (Edward John Moreton Drax Plunkett, Baron, 1878–1957), is best known for composing fantasy works that inspired authors such as J. R. R. Tolkien. Dunsany’s first play was performed at the Abbey Theatre and his stage shows were highly regarded in England and America as well. Dunsany's other literary contributions include short stories and poetry. Although he is considered a writer of the Irish Literary Renaissance and knew the main figures of the movement, Dunsany was a British subject who associated primarily with the British aristocracy.

Locher, Frances C. (ed.). Contemporary Authors. Volume 104. Detroit: Gale Research Company, 1982. p. 130. Knepper, B. G. "Edward John Moreton Drax Plunkett, Lord Dunsany," Dictionary of Literary Biography. Volume 10: Modern British Dramatists, 1900–1945. Part I. Detroit: Gale Research Company, 1982. pp. 152-162.

From the guide to the "A Tale of Revenge" short story, [1950], (University of Delaware Library - Special Collections)

Anglo-Irish writer Lord Dunsany (Edward John Moreton Drax Plunkett, Baron, 1878–1957), is best known for composing fantasy works that inspired authors such as J. R. R. Tolkien. Dunsany’s first play was performed at the Abbey Theatre and his stage shows were highly regarded in England and America as well. Dunsany's other literary contributions include short stories and poetry. Although he is considered a writer of the Irish Literary Renaissance and knew the main figures of the movement, Dunsany was a British subject who associated primarily with the British aristocracy.

Locher, Frances C. (ed.). Contemporary Authors. Volume 104. Detroit: Gale Research Company, 1982. p. 130. Knepper, B. G. "Edward John Moreton Drax Plunkett, Lord Dunsany," Dictionary of Literary Biography. Volume 10: Modern British Dramatists, 1900–1945. Part I. Detroit: Gale Research Company, 1982. pp. 152-162.

From the guide to the "A Matter of Law" short story, undated, (University of Delaware Library - Special Collections)

Anglo-Irish writer Lord Dunsany (Edward John Moreton Drax Plunkett, Baron, 1878–1957), is best known for composing fantasy works that inspired authors such as J. R. R. Tolkien. Dunsany’s first play was performed at the Abbey Theatre and his stage shows were highly regarded in England and America as well. Dunsany's other literary contributions include short stories and poetry. Although he is considered a writer of the Irish Literary Renaissance and knew the main figures of the movement, Dunsany was a British subject who associated primarily with the British aristocracy.

Knepper, B. G. "Edward John Moreton Drax Plunkett, Lord Dunsany," Dictionary of Literary Biography . Volume 10: Modern British Dramatists, 1900–1945. Part I. Detroit: Gale Research Company, 1982. pp. 152-162.

From the guide to the Lord Dunsany letter, 1913 March 8, (University of Delaware Library - Special Collections)

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Subjects:

  • World War, 1939-1945--Poetry
  • Fantasy fiction, English
  • Calligraphy--Specimens
  • English fiction--Irish authors--20th century--Sources
  • World War, 1914-1918--Poetry
  • Irish authors--20th century--Correspondence
  • Male authors, English--20th century--Correspondence
  • Irish authors--20th century--Manuscripts
  • Manuscripts, American
  • Illumination of books and manuscripts
  • Authors, Irish--20th century--Correspondence

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