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Fantasy Short Stories

Fifty-One Tales

by Lord Dunsany

Fifty-One Tales is a collection of fantasy short stories by Irish writer Lord Dunsany, considered a major influence on the work of J. R. R. Tolkien, H. P. Lovecraft, Ursula K. Le Guin and others. The first editions, in hardcover, were published simultaneously in London and New York by Elkin Mathews and Mitchell Kennerly, respectively, in April, 1915. The British and American editions differ in that they arrange the material slightly differently and that each includes a story the other omits; "The Poet Speaks with Earth" in the British version, and "The Mist" in the American version.

The collection's significance in the history of fantasy literature was recognized by its republication (as The Food of Death: Fifty-One Tales) by the Newcastle Publishing Company as the third volume of the Newcastle Forgotten Fantasy Library in September, 1974. The Newcastle edition used the American version of the text.

The book collects fifty-one short stories by the author.


  • The Assignation
  • Charon
  • The Death of Pan
  • The Sphinx at Giza
  • The Hen
  • Wind and Fog
  • The Raft-Builders
  • The Workman
  • The Guest
  • Death and Odysseus
  • Death and the Orange
  • The Prayer of the Flower
  • Time and the Tradesman
  • The Little City
  • The Unpasturable Fields
  • The Worm and the Angel
  • The Songless Country
  • The Latest Thing
  • The Demagogue and the Demi-monde
  • The Giant Poppy
  • Roses
  • The Man With the Golden Ear-rings
  • The Dream of King Karna-Vootra
  • The Storm
  • A Mistaken Identity
  • The True History of the Hare and the Tortoise
  • Alone the Immortals
  • A Moral Little Tale
  • The Return of Song
  • Spring In Town
  • How the Enemy Came to Thlunrana
  • A Losing Game
  • Taking Up Picadilly
  • After the Fire
  • The City
  • The Food of Death
  • The Lonely Idol
  • The Sphinx in Thebes (Massachusetts)
  • The Reward
  • The Trouble in Leafy Green Street
  • The Mist
  • Furrow-Maker
  • Lobster Salad
  • The Return of the Exiles
  • Nature and Time
  • The Song of the Blackbird
  • The Messengers
  • The Three Tall Sons
  • Compromise
  • What We Have Come To
  • The Tomb of Pan

Product Details
ISBN: 9781533669773
ISBN-10: 1533669775
Publisher: Createspace Independent Publishing Platform
Publication Date: June 8th, 2016
Pages: 50
Language: English