Mirror Kingdoms: The Best of Peter S. Beagle

Mirror Kingdoms: The Best of Peter S. Beagle

Author: Peter S. Beagle

Format: Kindle Edition

Pages: 456 pages

Language: English

Published: November 1st 2015

When New York Times Bestselling writer Tad Williams described Peter S. Beagle as a “bandit prince out to steal reader's hearts” he spoke a truth that’s been evident for more than 50 years. But during the first four decades of his career Beagle was known mainly as a novelist and screenwriter. Every short fiction piece he wrote was recognized as a classic—“Come Lady Death,” “Lila and the Werewolf,” “Professor Gottesman and the Indian Rhinoceros,” and the tales that made up his collection THE MAGICIAN OF KARAKOSK—but there were only a handful. That changed in 2001, when Beagle turned his attention to short fiction in earnest, producing a stunning array of more than 40 new and award-winning stories during the next decade.

In MIRROR KINGDOMS: THE BEST OF PETER S. BEAGLE, acclaimed genre editor Jonathan Strahan collects his favorite Beagle stories—over 200,000 words worth—in a single volume ranging across 47 years of brilliantly diverse creativity. It's a book which shows, more than any other, just how successful this bandit prince from the Bronx streets has been, and exactly why the World Fantasy Association honored him with their Lifetime Achievement Award.

Featuring “Two Hearts,” the Hugo and Nebula Award-winning follow up to THE LAST UNICORN, the WSFA Small Press Award winner “El Regalo,” plus wonderful stories like the surrealist “The Last and Only,” the haunting “The Rabbi s Hobby,” and others.

CONTENTS

Professor Gottesman and the Indian Rhinoceros (1994)
The Last and Only, or, Mr. Moscowitz Becomes French (2007)
Come Lady Death (1962)
El Regalo (2005)
Julie's Unicorn (1996)
The Last Song of Sirit Byar (1995)
Lila the Werewolf (1969)
What Tune the Enchantress Plays (2007)
Uncle Chaim and Aunt Rifke and the Angel (2007)
Salt Wine (2006)
Two Hearts (2004)
Giant Bones (1996)
King Pelles the Sure (2007)
Vanishing (2009)
The Tale of Junko and Sayuri (2008)
The Rock in the Park (2008)
We Never Talk About My Brother (2007)
The Rabbi's Hobby (2008)

—Peter S. Beagle was born in 1939 and raised in the Bronx, just a few blocks from Woodlawn Cemetery, the inspiration for his first novel, A FINE AND PRIVATE PLACE. Today, thanks to classic works such as THE LAST UNICORN, TAMSIN, and THE INNKEEPER'S SONG, he is acknowledged as America's greatest living fantasy author; and his dazzling abilities with language, characters, and magical storytelling have earned him many millions of fans around the world. In addition to stories and novels Beagle has written numerous teleplays and screenplays, including the animated versions of THE LORD OF THE RINGS and THE LAST UNICORN, plus the fan-favorite “Sarek” episode of STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION. His nonfiction book I SEE BY MY OUTFIT, which recounts a 1963 journey across America on motor scooter, is considered a classic of American travel writing; and he is also a gifted poet, lyricist, and singer-songwriter. He has won the Hugo, Nebula, Locus, and Mythopoeic Awards, along with a Lifetime Achievement Award from the World Fantasy Association, and also France's prestigious Grand Prix de l'Imaginaire.