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Edward John Moreton Drax Plunkett, 18th Baron of Dunsany (/dʌnˈseɪni/; 24 July 1878 – 25 October 1957, usually Lord Dunsany) was an Anglo-Irish writer and dramatist. Over 90 books – fantasy novels, short stories, and plays – appeared in his lifetime,[1]: 29 (I.A.92)  and others continue to appear. Early ones gave him a name in the 1910s as a great writer of the English-speaking world. Best known today are a 1924 fantasy novel, The King of Elfland’s Daughter, and The Gods of Pegāna: tales about a fictional pantheon that laid grounds for the fantasy genre. Born in London to an Irish peer and raised there and in Kent, he lived mainly at Ireland’s possibly longest inhabited home, Dunsany Castle near Tara. He worked with W. B. Yeats and Lady Gregory, supported the Abbey Theatre and some fellow writers, gained an honorary doctorate from Trinity College, Dublin, was a chess and pistol champion of Ireland, travelled and hunted. He devised an asymmetrical version called Dunsany’s chess. He retired to Shoreham, Kent, took ill when visiting Ireland and died in Dublin of appendicitis.

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