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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.
A Note From the Publisher
Praise for The Last Unicorn: The Lost Journey
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 . . . Fans will want to
witness the evolution into the original.”
“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.”
[Beagle’s] storytelling is pure artistry, and his prose is among the most
delicate, magical writing you’ll probably ever read . . . a terrific little
novella and a very welcome insight into Beagle’s earliest writing process and the
evolution of a modern classic.”
“It is the first journey, the first introduction, the first chance meeting on the road, a melding of the immortal world of the unicorn and the brief world of us mortals, the first glimpse of the lilac wood. It is here we glimpse what will come to be, years before it came to pass.”
—Barnes & Noble Book Blog
“A very beautifully written book. 5/5 stars.”
—Open Book Society
“Beagle has a way of drawing readers in and making us believe in unicorns.”
—San Francisco Book Review
"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
“Did you ever have a dream
that was gorgeous and harrowing, confusing and profound, and utterly impossible
to describe? This story is that dream.”
—Jacqueline Carey, author of Starless and Kushiel’s Dart
“A lyrical tapestry of wordplay and despair, with resonances of Malvina Reynolds’ funny and desolate song-writing (‘Little Boxes,’ ‘What Have They Done to the Rain?’); a shadow Carl Sandburg version of the unmaking of myth, with a sixties sensibility.”
—Nina Kiriki Hoffman, author of The Thread that Bonds the Bones
beautiful—it haunts me!”
—Tamora Pierce, author of Tempests and Slaughter and The Immortals Quartet
“The Last Unicorn: The
Lost Journey is a must-read for any fans of The Last
Unicorn who want to see the bones of the story they love and a journey
and experience like no other. The magic is still there, as is the love for this
amazing story, only in a different way.”
—Six Blue Marbles
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."
"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
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