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Riassunto: Peter S. Beagle's The Last Unicorn has sold at least six million copies around the world since it was published in 1968, and tens of millions of viewers have delighted in the animated film version (for which Peter also wrote the screenplay). But none of the fans of this amazing work have ever known the full story of how The Last Unicorn came to be. In 1962, the 23 year-old Beagle was at a career crossroads. His fantasy novel A Fine and Private Place had been released to great critical acclaim in 1960, but his mainstream second book had been flatly rejected by his publisher. What Peter wrote next was an 80-page fragment about a unicorn, the last of her kind, lost in the modern world of superhighways and Kodak cameras, with only a banished demon from Hell for a traveling companion. This first take on the beloved classic -- so much the same, so very different -- is now available to readers for the first time, with an introduction and commentary by the author.
Review: The Last Unicorn is one of the true classics of fantasy, ranking with Tolkien's The Hobbit, Le Guin's Earthsea Trilogy, and Lewis Carroll's Alice in Wonderland. Beagle writes a shimmering prose-poetry, the voice of fairy tales and childhood:
The unicorn lived in a lilac wood, and she lived all alone. She was very old, though she did not know it, and she was no longer the careless color of sea foam but rather the color of snow falling on a moonlit night. But her eyes were still clear and unwearied, and she still moved like a shadow on the sea.
The unicorn discovers that she is the last unicorn in the world, and sets off to find the others. She meets Schmendrick the Magician--whose magic seldom works, and never as he intended--when he rescues her from Mommy Fortuna's Midnight Carnival, where only some of the mythical beasts displayed are illusions. They are joined by Molly Grue, who believes in legends despite her experiences with a Robin Hood wannabe and his unmerry men. Ahead wait King Haggard and his Red Bull, who banished unicorns from the land.
This is a book no fantasy reader should miss; Beagle argues brilliantly the need for magic in our lives and the folly of forgetting to dream. --Nona Vero
Titolo: The Last Unicorn
Casa editrice: Viking Press
Data di pubblicazione: 1968
Condizione libro: very good
Descrizione libro Viking Press 1968-03-25, 1968. Hardcover. Condizione libro: Fair. 1st. 0670419087 We guarantee all of our items - customer service and satisfaction are our top priorities. Please allow 4 - 14 business days for Standard shipping, within the US. Codice libro della libreria POTM-0670419087
Descrizione libro Viking Press, 2004. Hardcover. Condizione libro: Good. 1st. Ships with Tracking Number! INTERNATIONAL WORLDWIDE Shipping available. May not contain Access Codes or Supplements. Buy with confidence, excellent customer service!. Codice libro della libreria 0670419087
Descrizione libro Viking Press, 1968. Hardcover. Condizione libro: New. Codice libro della libreria P110670419087
Descrizione libro Viking Press. Hardcover. Condizione libro: Fine. 0670419087 Like New Condition. Codice libro della libreria LN6.3128286
Descrizione libro Viking Press. Hardcover. Condizione libro: New. 0670419087 New Condition. Codice libro della libreria NEW6.3128286
Descrizione libro Viking Press. Hardcover. Condizione libro: Good. Condizione sovraccoperta: Good. First Edition. 0670419087 First Edition, Dust jacket wrapped- jacket has 1" tear from top edge of jacket spine- jacket price not clipped- minor rubbing to edges, clean, has a very good binding, no marks or notations. Blue and black boards. 1968 Viking Press. Feel free to further inquire. Codice libro della libreria SKU1018802
Descrizione libro The Viking Press ., New York, 1968. Octavo, cloth-backed boards. First edition. "One popular stereotype about fantasy literature is that it is dominated by creatures such as dragons and unicorns, but in fact the latter are not all that common. One of the best stories to feature a unicorn, though, is Beagle's novel, in which a magician named Schmendrick aids an aging unicorn in search of others of its kind. The quest motif is handled well, as is the depiction of the relationship between man and mythical animal, and the symbolic equation of the unicorn with beauty and goodness is effective without seeming heavy handed." - Barron (ed), Fantasy and Horror (1999) 7-28. Made into an animated film in 1982 from a screenplay by the author, produced by Arthur Rankin and Julie Bass. Barron (ed), Fantasy Literature 4A-24. Pringle, Modern Fantasy: The Hundred Best Novels 38. Schlobin, The Literature of Fantasy 75. Survey of Modern Fantasy Literature II, pp. 530-33. Tymn (ed), Fantasy Literature, pp. 50-1. A fine copy in fine dust jacket with a touch of rubbing to lower spine end. A very nice copy. (#155611). Codice libro della libreria 155611
Descrizione libro The Viking Press, 1968. Hardcover. Condizione libro: Collectible: Very Good. First Edition. First Edition, First Printing. In Very Good condition, in a price-clipped dust jacket. Previous owner address label to pastedown. Foxing to edge of page block. Stamping to spine cloth lightly rubbed. Boards show light spotting near upper edges. The dust jacket shows rubbing and edge wear, with a few short tears; sunning to spine and top edge of flaps. A nice copy. This book served as the basis for the film of the same name. Codice libro della libreria 150323005
Descrizione libro Viking Adult, 1968. Hardcover. Condizione libro: New. Codice libro della libreria DADAX0670419087
Descrizione libro Viking Press 1968-03-25, 1968. Hardcover. Condizione libro: New. 1st. 0670419087 We guarantee all of our items - customer service and satisfaction are our top priorities. Please allow 4 - 14 business days for Standard shipping, within the US. Codice libro della libreria TM-0670419087