The Last Unicorn: The Lost Journey

Peter S. Beagle

Commemorating the 50th anniversary of The Last Unicorn, here is the newly-illustrated origin of Peter S. Beagle’s most famous creation. Discover her might-have-been journey, both appealingly familiar and wonderfully strange.

$19.95

The Last Unicorn: The Lost Journey

by Peter S. Beagle

ISBN: Print: 978-1-61696-308-6

Published: November 2018

Available Format(s): Hardcover

Description

Peter S. Beagle first imagined his beloved unicorn at the age of twenty-three, five years before she would spring into the world. Now, alongside Beagle’s wry musings upon his early writing career, is the rediscovered, newly-illustrated origin story of fantasy’s most famous unicorn. Within this genesis of The Last Unicorn, our equine heroine encounters a cranky dragon, a chatty butterfly, and an exiled demon with a split personality.

Discover a might-have-been journey, appealingly familiar yet wonderfully strange, lyrical and whimsical by turns. Somewhere in-between the mythological and the modern, lies the first path of the Last Unicorn on a road less traveled by . . . until now.

Praise for The Last Unicorn: The Lost Journey

“Peter Beagle is one of America’s finest writers of literary fantasy. The Last Unicorn: The Lost Journey further strengthens his reputation.”
—Michael Moorcock, author of the Elric of Melniboné series

Praise for The Last Unicorn

“Comes alive and stays alive on bright intensity of imagination.”
The New York Times Book Review

“Almost as if it were the last fairy tale, come out of lonely hiding in the forests of childhood, The Last Unicorn is as full of enchantment as any of the favorite tales readers may choose to recall.”
St. Louis Post-Dispatch

“[The Last Unicorn] has inspired everything from The Princess Bride to Stardust.”
Publishers Weekly

“What makes The Last Unicorn unique is the way Mr. Beagle transcends the ordinary fantasy quest trope with his incomparable storytelling skill. The book is a triumph . . . The writing is as precise and beautiful as mosaic tiles, as colored glass backed by gold, sharp and glittering.”
Green Man Review

About the author

Peter S. Beagle is the best-selling author of The Last Unicorn, which has sold a reported five million copies since its initial publication. His other novels include A Fine & Private Place, The Innkeeper’s Song, Tamsin, Summerlong, and In Calabria. Beagle’s short fiction has been collected in four volumes by Tachyon Publications, including The Rhinoceros Who Quoted Nietzsche, The Line Between, We Never Talk About My Brother,  Sleight of Hand, and The Overneath. He has won the Hugo, Nebula, Mythopoeic, and Grand Prix de l’Imaginaire awards and the World Fantasy Award for Lifetime Achievement. Beagle lives in Northern California, where he is working on nearly innumerable projects.

Praise for Peter S. Beagle

 “One of my favorite writers.”
—Madeleine L’Engle, author of A Wrinkle in Time

“Peter S. Beagle illuminates with his own particular magic such commonplace matters as ghosts, unicorns, and werewolves. For years a loving readership has consulted him as an expert on those hearts’ reasons that reason does not know.”
—Ursula K. Le Guin, author of A Wizard of Earthsea

“Peter S. Beagle has both opulence of imagination and mastery of style.”
New York Times Book Review

“At his best, Peter S. Beagle outshines the moon, the sun, the stars, the entire galaxy.”
Seattle Times

 “Peter Beagle deserves a seat at the table with the great masters of fantasy.”
—Christopher Moore, author of Lamb and The Serpent of Venice

 “Not only one of our greatest fantasists, but one of our greatest writers, a magic realist worthy of consideration with such writers as Marquez, Allende, and even Borges.”
The American Culture

“We all have something to learn—about writing, about humanity, about hope—from Peter Beagle.”
—Seanan McGuire author of Rosemary and Rue

 “Peter S. Beagle is (in no particular order) a wonderful writer, a fine human being, and a bandit prince out to steal readers’ hearts.”
—Tad Williams, author of Tailchaser’s Song

“Peter S. Beagle is a master of the magical.”
—Kurt Busiek, author of Astro City and The Avengers

 “[Beagle] has been compared, not unreasonably, with Lewis Carroll and J. R. R. Tolkien, but he stands squarely and triumphantly on his own feet.”
Saturday Review

“Not only one of our greatest fantasists, but one of our greatest writers, a magic realist worthy of consideration with such writers as Marquez, Allende, and even Borges.”
The American Culture

“Peter S. Beagle is the magician we all apprenticed ourselves to.”
—Lisa Goldstein, author of The Red Magician

“One of the all-time greats.”
The Guardian

Praise for The Overneath

“I was lucky enough to get an advance reading copy of this book a month ago, and reading it reminded me why Peter S Beagle is one of my favorite authors.”
—Patrick Rothfuss, author of The Name of the Wind

[STARRED REVIEW] “A masterful collection from a short story master—a must-read for Beagle fans.”
Kirkus, starred review

[STARRED REVIEW] “With sharp, lean elegance, Beagle (In Calabria) effortlessly chronicles the lives of unicorns, trolls, magicians, and adventurers in 13 poignant stories.”
Publishers Weekly, starred review

[STARRED REVIEW] “Beagle’s strong and versatile talent is well on display here, and fantasy readers will be missing out if they don’t give it a look.”
Booklist, starred review

Verdict: For fantasy fans, Beagle should be a staple.”
Library Journal

“Peter Beagle deserves a seat at the table with the great masters of fantasy. If you had any doubts, The Overneath will dispel them.”
—Christopher Moore, author of Lamb and The Serpent of Venice

“These stories open a wider window on the work of a master storyteller. We all have something to learn—about writing, about humanity, about hope—from Peter Beagle.”
—Seanan McGuire author of Rosemary and Rue

Praise for In Calabria

“A novella about love in a world of hardship, loss, magic, and recovery. Beagle’s unicorns have never been more bewitching, impossible, and genuine. I cherished every page.”
—Gregory Maguire, author of Wicked and After Alice

[STARRED REVIEW] “Acclaimed fantasist Beagle (Summerlong) sets this charming, lyrical tale of unicorns and love on a poor little hillside farm in the toe of boot-shaped Italy.”
Publishers Weekly

“Beagle once again explores the magic within us and the magic around us, and does it in unmatched style.”
—Kurt Busiek, author of Astro City and The Avengers

“What a wondrous gift it is to have a new unicorn story from Peter S. Beagle! In Calabria is both elegant and earthy . . . Once again Peter Beagle demonstrates why he is one of the greatest fantasy writers of all time!”
—Bruce Coville, author of The Unicorn Chronicles

Praise for Summerlong

“Peter Beagle’s novel Summerlong is a lovely, tantalizing read that moves through a finely-detailed, familiar world into a tale as old and as urgent as language.”
—Patricia A. McKillip, author of Dreams of Distant Shores  and Kingfisher

Praise for A Fine & Private Place

 “One of literature’s most beautiful works about ghostly times and places…told with wit, charm, and a sense of individuality.”
New York Times Book Review

“Both sepulchral and oddly appealing…. [Beagle’s] ectoplasmic fable has a distinct mossy charm.”
TIME Magazine

“One of the great fantasy novels of all time.”
ICCFA Magazine

Praise for Sleight of Hand

“Multiple Hugo and Nebula award–winning Beagle opens readers’ eyes to wonder with his latest collection of 13 short stories. Each piece bridges the rich intersection of fantasy and fairy tale, reality and possibility, exploring predestination, fate, and the power of love through characters that come to vivid, three-dimensional life within a few short pages.”
Library Journal

“Demonstrates yet again why [Beagle’s] perhaps the finest fantasy writer at short lengths working today.”
Locus

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