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Title:
The last unicorn : the lost journey
ISBN:
9781616963088
Edition:
1st ed.
Physical Description:
vi, 145 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm.
General Note:
Previously published as The Last Unicorn: The Lost Version copyright ©2007 by Peter S. Beagle (Subterranean Press: Burton, Michigan). -- title page verso.
Contents:
Introduction by Patrick Rothfuss -- Preface: "How to recognize magic when you see it" by Carrie Vaughn -- The last unicorn: the lost journey -- Afterword by Peter S. Beagle.
Summary:
In this appealingly familiar yet wonderfully strange adventure, a brave unicorn leaves her solitary life behind, determined to discover if she is the last of her kind. She is forewarned by a forlorn dragon and befuddled by a chatty butterfly; her traveling companion is an exiled demon with a split personality and a penchant for philosophy. Somewhere between mythology, modernity, and magic, the last unicorn is finding her world irrevocably transformed. --
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Special Commemorative Edition celebrating the 50th Anniversary of The Last Unicorn

Peter S. Beagle first imagined his beloved heroine when he was twenty-three, half a decade before she sprang into the world. Now the Last Unicorn's fantastical origins are recaptured in this lovely commemorative hardcover. Here you will discover the eighty-five page genesis of Beagle's masterpiece, his own wry musings upon his early career, charming original illustrations, and tributes from modern fantasy legends Patrick Rothfuss and Carrie Vaughn.

In this wonderfully strange adventure, a brave unicorn leaves her solitary life behind, determined to discover if she is the last of her kind. She is forewarned by a forlorn dragon and befuddled by a chatty butterfly; her unfamiliar traveling companion will be an exiled demon with a split personality and a penchant for philosophy.

Somewhere between mythology, modernity, and magic, the Last Unicorn has found herself on the road less traveled by . . . until now.


Author Notes

Peter S. Beagle was born in Manhattan in April of 1939. During his senior year of high school, Beagle entered a poem and a short story in the 1955 Scholastic Writing Awards Contest, not knowing that the Grand Prize was a college education. He won that prize and went on to spend four years at the University of Pittsburgh after graduating from high school in 1955. In his sophomore year at the University of Pittsburgh, Beagle entered another contest, winning first place again in Seventeen Magazine's Short Story Contest. At the age of 19, he published "A Fine and Private Place." Beagle graduated college with a degree in Creative Writing and a Spanish minor and then spent a year overseas. When he returned, his new-found agent had enrolled him in a writing workshop at Stanford.

After his first few published stories, Beagle supported himself and his family as a freelancer for many years. In the 70's he began to write screenplays, as well as take up the hobby of singing folk songs at a local club. Beagle has published music as well as books, both his passions, and both lucrative. Beagle gives lectures and readings at universities, and also hosts writing workshops at schools such as the University of Washington and Clarion West. His works have been translated into 15 languages. Beagle has also written a script for Star Trek: The Next Generation and the screenplay for the animated feature version of The Lord of the Rings.

In 1987, Beagle's "The Last Unicorn" was proclaimed the Number 5 All Time Fantasy Novel. That same year, "The Innkeeper's Song" won the Mythopoetic Fantasy Award. In 1997, "The Unicorn Sonata" won the Locus Poll Award for Best Novella, and in 1998, "Giant Bones" won the same award as well as being nominated for the 1998 World Fantasy Award.

(Bowker Author Biography)


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Publisher's Weekly Review

Playing on fans' nostalgia for his widely beloved 1968 novel The Last Unicorn, in which a unicorn tries to find out whether she is the only one of her kind, Beagle dredges up the original version of the story, incomplete but still iconic. Having never left her forest, the unicorn is surprised when a saddened dragon comes and tells her tales of black roads, fast coaches, and no unicorn sightings anywhere. After deciding to strike out on her own, she comes across a demon named Azazel with a second head named Webster. Kicked out of Hell, which has been redesigned without fires to attract more humans, the heads constantly bicker with each other yet become close with the unicorn. With her unlikely companion(s), the unicorn travels through the 1960s, shocked to find what humans have become. Although this book is not the complete story of the travels of the unicorn and her friends, fans of the original will love encountering additional characters they never had the pleasure of meeting when they first experienced the unicorn's journey. (Nov.) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.


Booklist Review

*Starred Review* Fifty years ago, the first edition of The Last Unicorn was published; the legend of a unicorn searching for her kind has filled readers' hearts for decades. This commemorative hardcover edition is the first draft of what would eventually become Beagle's best-known work, written as the author was desperately trying not to write a fantasy novel. His afterword recounts the history behind this beloved tale, preceded by personal reminiscences from best-selling fantasy authors Carrie Vaughn (Bannerless, 2017) and Patrick Rothfuss (The Name of the Wind, 2007). The story itself begins when the unicorn encounters a dragon in her forest, and because the hatred between their kinds is absolute, they must always fight to the death. Except this dragon is crying, dismayed by the modern world and injured by having a coach run over his tail. The unicorn learns from the dragon that she may be the last of her kind and sets off on her quest to find others. Soon, she meets her questing companion, a demon with a split personality who has been evicted from hell. Fans will want to witness the evolution into the original.--Frances Moritz Copyright 2018 Booklist