Dean Spanley: The Novel

Dean Spanley: The Novel

by Lord Dunsany
     
 
The classic humorous novella about an alcohol-loving clergyman who thinks he is the reincarnation of a dog. Complete with the screenplay and photos from the new film starring Peter O’Toole and Sam Neill.Dean Spanley is the very archetype of a bland churchman: affable, conventional, prudent without being a prig. Only his keen interest in the transmigration of

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The classic humorous novella about an alcohol-loving clergyman who thinks he is the reincarnation of a dog. Complete with the screenplay and photos from the new film starring Peter O’Toole and Sam Neill.Dean Spanley is the very archetype of a bland churchman: affable, conventional, prudent without being a prig. Only his keen interest in the transmigration of souls and almost excessive enthusiasm for dogs betray any shadow of eccentricity. And then, richly primed with a few glasses of Imperial Tokay, he slips over the threshold between past and present and becomes a dog. Or are his canine memories no more than fancy? Surely no mere dean could speak so vividly, with such total conviction, of the joys of hunting, of rolling in fresh dung, of baying the moon? No human could know so much of rabbiting, the importance of buying bones, the contemptibility of pigs. My Talks With Dean Spanley, first published in 1936, is certainly Lord Dunsany’s funniest book and, in its unique way, a remarkable tour de force.Now adapted into a new comedy-drama feature film, DEAN SPANLEY follows a father and son as they encounter the eponymous eccentric in this story of reincarnation and reconciliation set in Edwardian England. Adapted by Alan Sharp (Rob Roy) and directed by New Zealand-born Toa Fraser (No.2), a truly impressive international cast is led by eight-time Academy Award nominee Peter O'Toole (Venus, Lawrence of Arabia) and also features Jeremy Northam (The Winslow Boy, Gosford Park), Bryan Brown (Cocktail, Gorillas in the Mist) and Sam Neill (Jurassic Park, My Brilliant Career).This special edition includes Lord Dunsany’s witty and inventive original novel, as well as Alan Sharp’s hilarious screenplay, which faithfully adapts and also expands upon the events in the book. Complete with colour photos and interviews with the principal film-makers, this whimsical, wintry tale about dogs, reincarnation and the effects of alcohol makes perfect Christmas reading for lovers of classic humorous storytelling.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780007321001
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
03/13/2009
Sold by:
HarperCollins Publishers
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
320
Sales rank:
885,361
File size:
286 KB

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Meet the Author

Edward Plunkett, the 18th Baron of Dunsany, was born in 1878. Writing as Lord Dunsany, he published his first collection in 1905, and went on to become one of the most popular names in the field of fantastic fiction. He was a significant influence on such writers as J.R.R. Tolkien, Ursula K. Le Guin and H.P. Lovecraft, and is held in high esteem through such classic works as The King of Elfland's Daughter (1924), which inspired the film Stardust. Dunsany died in Dublin on 25 October 1957.


Born in 1934, Alan Sharp's career began in 1965, with the publication of his acclaimed first novel, A Green Tree in Gedde, but he completed only one more novel before migrating to Hollywood and becoming a much sought after screenwriter. Three of his screenplays are now recognized as classics of the New American Cinema of the 1970s. Since the 1980s, he has completed film projects on Sam Peckinpah's The Osterman Weekend and Rob Roy.

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