By Lord Dunsany
Escapists of the realm, celebrate! This selection of golden-age fable from popular Irish writer Lord Dunsany is simply the price ticket if you're searching for a fictional portal to move you out of the stresses and traces of way of life. From bizarre stories in a Lovecraftian vein to sword-and-steed fable, A Dreamer's stories has anything to fit each reader's taste.
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572–73). 576). And elsewhere, in the marketplace a quarrel breaks out and is to be set tled by a judge. The other city is attacked and the horrors of wounding and killing on the battleﬁeld parallel the wedding songs in the city at peace. 694). 708–9). It is a whole world and it has no history. On the shield of Aeneas, however, the smith-god forged . . the story of Italy, Rome in all her triumphs . . all in order the generations born of Ascanius’ stock and all the wars they waged. 738–42) 34 VIRGIL: THE AENEID Vulcan forged the mother wolf, with Romulus and Remus, “twin boys at her dugs .
It was an exact description of the Italy we were ﬁght ing in—its railroads and its ancient buildings shattered by Allied aircraft, its elegant bridges blown into the water by the retreating Germans, and its ﬁelds sown not with seed by the farmers but with mines by the German engineers. INTRODUCTION 41 The ﬁghting stopped; it was time to move on. I tried to get the Virgil into my pack, but it was too big, and I threw it back to the cluttered ﬂoor. ” And I did. ” V I RG I L: THE AENEID B OO K O N E Safe Haven After Storm Wars and a man I sing—an exile driven on by Fate, he was the ﬁrst to ﬂee the coast of Troy, destined to reach Lavinian shores and Italian soil, yet many blows he took on land and sea from the gods above— thanks to cruel Juno’s relentless rage—and many losses he bore in battle too, before he could found a city, bring his gods to Latium, source of the Latin race, the Alban lords and the high walls of Rome.
Knox) As copies appeared and multiplied, the Aeneid became the textbook for the Roman school and the medieval school after that. , describes, in Satire 6 (434–35), among the many intolerable wives he catalogs, the one “who as soon as she’s taken her place at dinner is praising Virgil and forgiving [Dido] on her deathbed” (trans. Susanna M. ). ” And the poor schoolteacher is liable to be asked questions that eventually a reader of the Aeneid might be able to answer: who was “Anchises’ nurse and .
A Dreamer's Tales by Lord Dunsany