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Lord Dunsany

Data de nascimento: 24. Julho 1878
Data de falecimento: 25. Outubro 1957

Edward John Plunkett Dunsany foi um escritor anglo-irlandês.

Participou na Guerra dos Bóeres e na I Grande Guerra.

Escreveu novelas e contos reconhecidos como The Gods of Pegana , Time and The Gods , The Sword of Welleran , e outros.

Foi autor de comédias precursoras do teatro do absurdo, The Glitering Gate , The Gods of the Mountain e A Night at an Inn .


„A lógica, como o uísque, perde seu efeito benéfico quando tomada em quantidades exageradas.“

„A lógica, como o whisky, perde seu efeito benéfico quando tomada em quantidades exageradas.“


„A man is a very small thing, and the night is very large and full of wonders.“

„And little he knew of the things that ink may do, how it can mark a dead man's thought for the wonder of later years, and tell of happenings that are gone clean away, and be a voice for us out of the dark of time, and save many a fragile thing from the pounding of heavy ages; or carry to us, over the rolling centuries, even a song from lips long dead on forgotten hills.“ The King of Elfland's Daughter

„And she would not hold back his limbs when his heart was gone to the woods, for it is ever the way of witches with any two things to care for the more mysterious of the two.“ The King of Elfland's Daughter

„And at that moment a wind came out of the northwest, and entered the woods and bared the golden branches, and danced over the downs, and led a company of scarlet and golden leaves, that had dreaded this day but danced now it had come; and away with a riot of dancing and glory of colour, high in the light of the sun that had set from the sight of the fields, went wind and leaves together.“ The King of Elfland's Daughter

„There is no beauty or romance or mystery in the sea except for the men that sail abroad upon it, and those who stay at home and dream of them.“

„Come with me, ladies and gentlemen who are in any wise weary of London: come with me: and those that tire at all of the world we know: for we have new worlds here.“ The Book of Wonder


„Then I perceived, what I had never thought, that all these staring houses were not alike, but different one from another, because they held different dreams.“ A Dreamer's Tales

„Once I found out the secret of the universe. I have forgotten what it was, but I know that the Creator does not take Creation seriously, for I remember that He sat in Space with all His work in front of Him and laughed.“

„Yet in the blood of man there is a tide, an old sea-current rather, that is somehow akin to the twilight, which brings him rumours of beauty from however far away, as driftwood is found at sea from islands not yet discovered: and this spring-tide or current that visits the blood of man comes from the fabulous quarter of his lineage, from the legendary, the old; it takes him out to the woodlands, out to the hills; he listens to ancient song.“ The Book of Wonder

„And you that sought for magic in your youth but desire it not in your age, know that there is a blindness of spirit which comes from age, more black than the blindness of eye, making a darkness about you across which nothing may be seen, or felt, or known, or in any way apprehended.“ The King of Elfland's Daughter


„If one who looked from a tower for a new star, watching for years the same part of the sky, suddenly saw it (quite by chance while thinking of other things), and knew it for the star for which he had hoped, how many millions of men would never care?“

„There passed a child of four, a small girl on a footpath over the fields, going home in the evening to Erl. They looked at each other with round eyes.

"Hullo," said the child.

"Hullo, child of men," said the troll.

... "What are you?" said the child.

"A troll of Elfland," answered the troll.

"So I thought," said the child.

"Where are you going, child of men?" the troll asked.

"To the houses," the child replied.

"We don't want to go there," said the troll.

"N-no," said the child.

"Come to Elfland," the troll said.

The child thought for a while. Other children had gone, and the elves always sent a changeling in their place, so that nobody quite missed them and nobody really knew. She thought awhile of the wonder and wildness of Elfland, and then of her own house.

"N-no," said the child.

"Why not?" said the troll.

"Mother made a jam roll this morning," said the child. And she walked on gravely home. Had it not been for that chance jam roll she had gone to Elfland.

"Jam!" said the troll contemptuously and thought of the tarns of Elfland, the great lily-leaves lying flat upon their solemn waters, the huge blue lilies towering into the elf-light above the green deep tarns: for jam this child had forsaken them!“
The King of Elfland's Daughter

„Ivy dreams sullenly and alone of overthrowing the cities.“ The Blessing of Pan

„All we who write put me in mind of sailors hastily making rafts upon doomed ships. When we break up under the heavy years and go down into eternity with all that is ours our thoughts like small lost rafts float on awhile upon Oblivion's sea. They will not carry much over those tides, our names and a phrase or two and little else.“

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