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Lord Dunsany: A Personal Bibliography Part 2

April 2, 2009

Uncollected Works

There is a lot of uncollected Dunsany, from a series of chess problems published in the Times Literary Supplement to audio tapes, poems, short stories, essays, introductions for other writers, and everything in between. The best resource for the ‘completist’ is the expansive bibliography prepared by Joshi, S.T. and Darrell Schweitzer titled Lord Dunsany: A Bibliography. In it you will find a wealth of information on foreign editions as well.

A lot of the research for this and the previous listing of books comes from that bibliography, and independent research. Rather than slavishly ‘reprint’ all the information in that book, I’ve tried to present the work that I think is most memorable here.

The following is a list of uncollected short stories and essays by Lord Dunsany. I haven’t listed his uncollected poetry because it’s, well (there’s really no way to say this delicately), bad. Really bad. Every writer has a weak spot, and this was Dunsany’s. I’ve also omitted many other things he’s written, and a lot of critical work about Dunsany. Again, the bibliography above is one-stop shopping for a lot of Dunsany material, including what I’ve left out. The book is now several decades old, but it captures almost everything released by and about Dunsany during his lifetime.

Besides, anyone who can track down all the uncollected material below and all the books in Part 1 is going to be busy reading for a long time.

They are arranged chronologically. Enjoy.

Uncollected Stories by Lord Dunsany

  • Romance — Saturday Review (London) No. 2796 (29 May 1909)
  • The Heart of Earth — Saturday Review (London) No. 2804 (24 July 1909)
  • The German Spy — Saturday Review (London) No. 2963 (10 August 1912)
  • A Cricket Match — Saturday Review (London) No. 2969 (21 September 1912)
  • Exchange No Robbery — Saturday Review (London) No. 2973 (19 October 1912) (under collective title 'Three Tales')
  • The Way of the World — Saturday Review (London) No. 2978 (23 November 1912) (under collective title 'Glimpses at the World')
  • The Little Doings of Demos — Saturday Review (London) No. 2978 (23 November 1912) (under collective title 'Glimpses at the World')
  • The Return of Ibrahim — Saturday Review (London) No. 3035 (27 December 1913) (under collective title 'Four Tales')
  • How Care Would Have Dealt with the Nomads — Saturday Review (London) No. 3035 (27 December 1913) (under collective title 'Four Tales')
  • Our Laurels — Saturday Review (London) No. 3083 (28 November 1914)
  • The Eight Wishes — Saturday Review (London) No. 3097 (6 March 1915), Reedy's Mirror 24, No. 5 (26 March 1915)
  • The Greatest Painter in the World — Smart Set 45, No. 4 (April 1915)
  • One More Tale — Saturday Review (London) No. 3107 (15 May 1915)
  • La Dernière Mobilization — Fabulist No. 1 (autumn 1915) (signed 'D'), Green Book No. 4 1922 (as The Last Mobilization), (It is possible that the two items are different works.)
  • A Walk in the Wastes of Time — Smart Set 53, No. 2 (October 1917)
  • The House of the Idol-Carvers — Vanity Fair 9, No. 3 (November 1917)
  • Hoch! Hoch! Hoch! — Green Book No. 1 (January 1919)
  • Cheng Hi and the Window Framer — Smart Set 60, No. 3 (November 1919)
  • Untitled Story — Vanity Fair 13, No. 3 (November 1919) (under collective title 'Two Sketches')
  • The Loyalist — Vanity Fair 13, No. 3 (November 1919) (under collective title 'Two Sketches')
  • The Golden City of Joy — Vanity Fair 13, No. 4 (December 1919) (under collective title 'The Older Mysteries')
  • The Emperor's Crystal — T.C.D. (Trinity College, Dublin, campus newspaper) 3 June 1920
  • The Last of M.I.7.B.(i). — Green Book No. 3 (1921?)
  • The Use of Man — Harper's Bazaar No. 2626 (August 1931), Harper's Bazaar (London) 4, No. 5 (September 1931) (as What is the Use of Man?)
  • The Scarecrow — Time and Tide 16, No. 6 (9 February 1935)
  • We Call Him Thomas — Pearson's Magazine (January-June 1938)
  • Breaking Away — Punch No. 5148 (29 November 1939) (unsigned)
  • Our War Aims Committee — Punch No. 5149 (6 December 1939) (unsigned)
  • Misunderstood — Punch No. 5154 (10 January 1940) (unsigned)
  • Intercepted by the Censor — Punch No. 5166 (3 April 1940) (unsigned)
  • The Deeper Meanings of Sprigget — Punch No. 5172 (8 May 1940) (unsigned)
  • The Judgement of Mullayhagraney — Punch No. 5173 (15 May 1940) (unsigned)
  • The Ghost in the Corner — Punch No. 5175 (29 May 1940) (unsigned)
  • Into the Consommé — Punch No. 5190 (11 September 1940) (unsigned)
  • Biding His Time — Punch No. 5202 (27 November 1940) (unsigned)
  • Neutrality over Berlin — Punch No. 5304 (21 October 1942) (unsigned)
  • Westward Ho! — Punch No. 5308 (11 November 1942) (unsigned)
  • The Higher Neutrality — Punch No. 5311 (2 December 1942) (unsigned)
  • The 220th Division — Punch No. 5322 (17 February 1943) (unsigned)
  • Very Secret — Punch No. 5330 (14 April 1943) (unsigned)
  • The Masterpiece of Creation League — Punch No. 5332 (28 April 1943) (unsigned)
  • A Bit of Bad Luck — Punch No. 5339 (9 June 1943) (unsigned)
  • The Anonymous Dog — Punch No. 5348 (11 August 1943) (unsigned)
  • A Let-Off — Punch No. 5350 (25 August 1943) (unsigned)
  • Tales for the Dark Continent — Punch No. 5391 (24 May 1944) (unsigned)
  • The Battle of Killahoo — Punch No. 5409 (27 September 1944) (unsigned)
  • Sources of Information — Punch No. 5424 (3 January 1945) (unsigned)
  • The Cipher — Punch No. 5434 (14 March 1945) (unsigned)
  • The Revenge — Punch No. 5442 (2 May 1945) (unsigned)
  • The Great Apostate — Punch No. 5465 (10 October 1945) (unsigned)
  • The Poisoning of Mickie O'Dowd — Punch No. 5475 (12 December 1945) (unsigned)
  • Our Christmas Post — Punch No. 5479 (9 January 1946) (unsigned)
  • Advance Regulations — Punch No. 5496 (8 May 1946) (unsigned)
  • A Modern Portrait — Punch No. 5497 (15 May 1946) (unsigned), Weird Tales No. 306 (Spring 1943)
  • The Coming Party — Punch No. 5519 (2 October 1946) (unsigned)
  • Great Robberies — Punch, Almanack for 1947 (28 October 1946) (unsigned)
  • A Day's Snipe-Shooting — Punch No. 5529 (11 December 1946) (unsigned)
  • A Deal in Livestock — Punch No. 5533 (8 January 1947) (unsigned)
  • A Difficult Defence — Autumn Pie (September 1947)
  • The Rations of Murdoch Finucan — Punch No. 5571 (8 October 1947) (unsigned), Weird Tales No. 306 (Spring 1993)
  • The Story of Tse Gah — Tomorrow 7, No. 4 (December 1947)
  • A Day on the Bog — Punch No. 5580 (3 December 1947) (unsigned)
  • An International Matter — Punch No. 5582 (17 December 1947) (unsigned)
  • Reason, and What We Do with It — Blarney Annual 1 (1948)
  • Advice to the Young — Punch No. 5606 (26 May 1948) (unsigned)
  • The Cup — Punch No. 5610 (16 June 1948) (as by 'D')
  • Unreal Estate — Punch No. 5614 (21 July 1948) (as by 'D')
  • The Predictions of Posnett — Punch, Almanack for 1949 (1 November 1948) (as by 'D')
  • Little Tim Brannehan — Punch No. 5631 (10 November 1948) (as by 'D')
  • The Regimental Dinner — Men Only No. 156 (December 1948)
  • Making a Masterpiece — Punch No. 5636 (15 December 1948) (as by 'D')
  • Jorkens' Problem — Chess (January 1949)
  • To Account for Mickey Mulgrady — Punch No. 5644 (9 February 1949) (as by 'D')
  • A Battle Long Ago — Punch No. 5645 (16 February 1949) (as by 'D')
  • The Dwarf Holóbolos and the Sword Hogbiter — Collins for Boys and Girls No. 1 ([July] 1949)
  • An Ancient Mariner — Punch No. 5666 (6 July 1949)
  • The Revenge of the Four Bad Men — Punch No. 5668 (20 July 1949)
  • Two Christmas Dinners — Punch, Almanack for 1950 (7 November 1949)
  • The Unprotected — Winter Pie (December 1949)
  • A Crime Story — Punch No. 5693 (4 January 1950)
  • Progress — Evening News (London) No. 21, 189 (11 January 1950)
  • One Night in Eldorado — Homes and Gardens 31, No. 9 (March 1950)
  • The Traveller to Thundercliff — Colophon (London) 1, No. 1 (March, 1950)
  • The Burrahoola — Evening News (London) No. 21, 248 (21 March 1950)
  • The Short Story of 1950 — John O'London's Weekly No. 1386 (14 April 1950)
  • How Mickey Paid His Debt — Evening News (London) No. 21, 271 (18 April 1950)
  • The Confession — Punch No. 5178 (21 June 1950)
  • Lost Lyrics — Homes and Gardens 32, No. 3 (September 1950)
  • The Dance at Weirdmoor Castle — Homes and Gardens 32, No. 6 (December 1950)
  • As It Seems to the Blackbird — Empire Youth Annual 1951
  • A Witch in the Balkans — Everybody's Weekly, 2 June 1951
  • The Haunting of Whitebeans — John Bull No. 2347 (23 June 1951)
  • A Talk in the Dark — Tomorrow 10, No. 11 (July 1951)
  • Mid Snow and Ice — Modern Reading No. 20 (Winter 1951-52)
  • Darwin Superseded — Spectator No. 6484 (3 October 1952)
  • Stolen Power — Prediction 18, No. 12 (December 1952)
  • The Cook of Santa Maria — Everybody's Weekly, 16 May 1953
  • The Awakening — Poetry Review 44, No. 5 (July-September 1953)
  • A Goat in Trousers — Everybody's Weekly 11 July 1953
  • A Breeze at Rest — Time and Tide 35, No. 35 (28 August 1954)
  • A Channel Rescue — Illustrated London News No. 6030A (Christmas Number 1954)
  • Fatal Mistake — Argosy 16, No. 4 (April 1955)
  • A Snake Story — Chambers's Journal, 9th Series, 9, No. 5 (May 1955)
  • Near the Back of Beyond — Ellery Queen's Mystery Magazine 26, No. 5 (November 1955), Ellery Queen's Mystery Magazine (British) No. 34 (November 1955)
  • Echoing Dream — Argosy 17, No. 10 (October 1956), Weird Tales No. 306 (Spring 1993)
  • Three Men in a Garden — Ellery Queen's Mystery Magazine 34, No.2 (August 1959), Ellery Queen's Mystery Magazine (British) No. 81 (October 1959), According to the files of Ellery Queen's Mystery Magazine, Dunsany's title for this story is The Old Detective's Tale.

Uncollected Essays by Lord Dunsany

  • Gondolas — Saturday Review (London) No. 2761 (26 September 1908)
  • Pens — Saturday Review (London) No. 2785 (13 March 1909)
  • A Note on Blanco Posnet — Saturday Review (London) No. 2809 (28 August 1909)
  • By Ony and Teme and Clun — Saturday Review (London) No. 2814 (2 October 1909)
  • Two Hundred Times in a Blue Moon — Saturday Review (London) No. 2844 (30 April 1910)
  • Deirdre of the Sorrows — Saturday Review (London) No. 2849 (4 June 1910)
  • Jetsam — Saturday Review (London) No. 2852 (25 June 1910)
  • Romance and the Modern Stage — National Review No. 341 (July 1911)
  • From the Mouse's Point of View — Open Window No. 12 (September 1911)
  • In the House of Mammon — Saturday Review (London) No. 2929 (16 December 1911)
  • For the Upkeep of a Statue — New Republic No. 206 (12 October 1918)
  • To a Young Author — Literary Review (New York Evening Post) 1, No. 20 (22 January 1921)
  • Fuel — Bruno's Review of Two Worlds 4, No. 3 (November 1922)
  • Comment on Walt Whitman — New York Times Book Review, 10 June 1923
  • England Language Conditions! — Essays and Studies 13 (1928)
  • A Victorian Judgement — Morning Post No. 48, 666 (1 June 1928)
  • Good Plays and Bad-Why? — Theatre Magazine No. 328 (July 1928)
  • Am I Really Highbrow? — Looker-On (30 March 1929)
  • [Comment on Mark Twain] — Overland Monthly 87, No. 4 (April 1929)
  • [Note on "Poltarnees, Beholder of Ocean"] — Josephine K. Piercy (editor), Modern Writers at Work, 1930
  • Why War Must Survive — Spectator No. 5459 (10 February 1933)
  • What Have We Here? — Time and Tide 15, No. 15 (14 April 1934)
  • The Scientist and the 'Nannie' — Morning Post No. 50, 632 (2 October 1934)
  • The Child's Gateway to Fairyland — Morning Post No. 50, 682 (29 November 1934)
  • The Dog that Bit the Moon — Morning Post No. 50, 925 (12 September 1935)
  • People of Long Ago — Morning Post No. 51, 001 (10 December 1935)
  • The Master — Spectator No. 5631 (29 May 1936)
  • An Article for a Quieter Moment — Daily Mail No. 13, 166 (6 July 1938)
  • The Third Week in July — Daily Mail No. 13, 178 (20 July 1938)
  • Early in August — Daily Mail No. 13, 193 (6 August 1938)
  • August Fairies Moonlight Harvest — Daily Mail No. 13, 208 (24 August 1938)
  • Meanwhile September's Hot Mornings Are Here — Daily Mail No. 13, 225 (13 September 1938)
  • Improving the Poets — John O'London's Weekly No. 1052 (9 June 1939)
  • Temperament — Good Housekeeping (London) 37, No. 4 (June 1940)
  • Among the Ruins — Essays by Divers Hands (Transactions of the Royal Society of Literature), 3rd Series, 21 (1944)
  • Insanity Test — Punch No. 5397 (5 July 1944) (unsigned)
  • Führers and Kippers — Reginald Smith (editor), Voices on the Green, 1945
  • Francis Ledwidge — Fortnightly Review 164, No. 6 (December 1945)
  • Homer — John Singer (editor), The Holiday Book, 1946
  • A Permanent Quality — S. Winsten (editor), G.B.S. 90: Aspects of Bernard Shaw's Life and Work, 1946
  • George Meredith — Nineteenth Century and After No. 827 (January 1946)
  • Time — Modern Mystic and Monthly Science Review 6, No. 2 (February 1946)
  • A Modern Novelist — Fortnightly Review 165, No. 3 (March 1946)
  • Browning Is Blougram — Nineteenth Century and After No. 830 (April 1946)
  • James Elroy Flecker — Fortnightly Review 165, No. 6 (June 1946)
  • A Mountainy Singer — Bell 12, No. 5 (August 1946)
  • Watching the Ballplatz — Punch No. 5516 (18 September 1946) (unsigned)
  • A Golden Journey — Tomorrow 7, No. 12 (August 1948)
  • Some Contemporary Writers — Tomorrow 8, No. 4 (December 1948)
  • Poetry Modern and Ancient — Tomorrow 8, No. 6 (February 1949)
  • On Seeing Stars — Observor No. 8235 (3 April 1949)
  • Five Steps to the Moon — Observor No. 8245 (8 May 1949)
  • Couriers: An Essay on War — Ryder's Review (Summer 1949)
  • The Windows of Chartres — Observor No. 8266 (6 November 1949)
  • Lady in the Jungle — Observor No. 8269 (27 November 1949)
  • Seeing the World-I — M.A. Michael (editor), Traveller's Quest: Original Contributions towards a Philosophy of Travel, 1950
  • Skirmishing Sycamores — Observor No. 8274 (1 January 1950)
  • Magic Casements — Queen No. 5148 (18 January 1950)
  • News of Spring — Observor No. 8287 (2 April 1950)
  • Slanging Match — Leader Magazine 7, No. 26 (29 April 1950)
  • Snow in April — Observor No. 8291 (30 April 1950)
  • A Glance at the Impressionists — Homes and Gardens 31, No. 11 (May 1950)
  • Waters of Wisdom — Observor No. 8299 (25 June 1950)
  • A Barbarous Rite — Spectator No. 6366 (30 June 1950)
  • The Food of Imagination — Poetry Review 41, No. 4 (July-August 1950)
  • The Charwoman and the Hyphen — Virginia Quarterly Review 26, No. 4 (Autumn 1950)
  • Escape of a Stream — Observor No. 8309 (3 September 1950)
  • Hop-Picking Time — Observor No. 8312 (24 September 1950)
  • A Dissenting Opinion on Modern Poetry — Tomorrow 10, No. 3 (November 1950)
  • The Transit of Autumn — Observor No. 8320 (19 November 1950)
  • [Untitled Essay] — People's Theatre (London) Magazine 14, No.12 (Winter 1950) (under heading 'Christmas Savior')
  • Nine Wonders — Go…The Travel Magazine 3, No. 4 (December 1950)
  • The Deep Forest of Chess — Observor No. 8326 (31 December 1950)
  • Such Stuff as Dreams Were Made On — Daily Mail No. 17, 054 (17 January 1951)
  • Tales About Dogs — Tail-Wagger Magazine 23, No. 2 (February 1951)
  • We Are Less Than Fair — People's Theatre (London) Magazine 15, No. 1 (Spring 1951)
  • A Day in Holland — Observer No. 8347 (27 May 1951)
  • How to Conquer America — Wings 10, No. 4 (Autumn 1951)
  • At a Frontier of Man — Observer No. 8363 (16 September 1951)
  • In Memory of a Wood — Observer No. 8397 (11 May 1952)
  • An Inkpot from the Flint — Observer No. 8409 (3 August 1952)
  • Wanted: A Minister of Mirth and Mockery — New York Times Magazine, 5 October 1952
  • The Fall of the Muses — Poetry Review 43, No. 4 (October-December 1952)
  • [Untitled Essay] — Sir James Marchant (editor), What I Believe, 1953 (Encapsulation of Dunsany's philosophy)
  • Minding the Time — Observer No. 8457 (5 July 1953)
  • That Suprasensical Lear — New York Times Book Review, 19 July 1953
  • Arming Our Ignorance with a Knife — Time and Tide 34, No. 38 (19 September 1953)
  • Speaking of Books — New York Times Book Review, 15 November 1953
  • Signs of Decay — Time and Tide 34, No. 49 (5 December 1953)
  • The Leaden Bells of Modern Poetry — Saturday Review 37, No. 6 (6 February 1954)
  • Famed British Author Wields a Sword on Modern Verse — Los Angeles Times, 25 April 1954
  • The Hundred Fields — Observer No. 8507 (20 June 1954)
  • A Plea for the Return of the Muses — Pedlar's Pack (Winter 1955)
  • The Art of Longjuju — Saturday Review 39, No. 51 (22 December 1956)
  • The Poets Fail in Their Duty — Saturday Review 40, No. 42 (19 October 1957)
  • Lady Wentworth's Poetry-An Oversight — Poetry Review 49, No. 1 (January-March 1958)
  • Silent Thunder — Poetry Review 49, No. 2 (April-June 1958)
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8 Comments leave one →
  1. Martin A permalink
    April 3, 2009 1:52 pm

    “Helping the Fairies” isn’t uncollected. It was included in IN THE LAND OF TIME AND OTHER FANTASY TALES in 2004 — it’s first book appearance in English. Its first book appearance ever was in Swedish, in STORA SKRÄCKBOKEN (1959).

  2. ramblebramble permalink
    April 3, 2009 4:17 pm

    Thanks for catching that…I haven’t looked at this information for ten years, so I’m still in the process of correcting and collecting new information.

    Thanks!
    J

  3. Martin A permalink
    December 21, 2012 11:28 am

    I can add that “We Called Him Thomas” is actually the Jorkens story “The Development of the Rillswood Estate” under another title. Great illustrations, though!

  4. Matt H. permalink
    May 24, 2013 3:54 pm

    Have you managed to collect any of these publications? Would you be willing to scan or transcribe the stories printed therein? I’d be very interesting in exploring these “uncollected” works!

    • Jeff Wyonch permalink*
      May 24, 2013 8:36 pm

      Unfortunately, at one point I did, but it just took too much time. People are finding new stuff every day, and I appreciate the info on Pegana Press!

      • Matt H. permalink
        May 24, 2013 8:40 pm

        Not to reopen old wounds, but it would be my pleasure to sift through any digital remnants you may happen to have of your previous hard work… If anything survived the purge and still exists, please let me know!

  5. Matt H. permalink
    May 24, 2013 4:01 pm

    Also of interest may be a very limited publication put out by Pegana Press called “Lost Tales Volume 1” which collects 10 of the first 11 items on your list (“Romance” through “The Eight Wishes”, excluding “A Cricket Match”).

  6. Martin A permalink
    March 27, 2017 1:09 pm

    Hippocampus Press will soon release THE GHOST IN THE CORNER AND OTHER STORIES, containing only uncollected (and even some unpublished!) stories.

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