Five Plays

Five Plays is the eighth book by Anglo-Irish fantasy writer Lord Dunsany, considered a major influence on the work of J. R. R. Tolkien, H. P. Lovecraft, Ursula K. Le Guin and others. It was first published in hardcover by Grant Richards in February, 1914, and has been reprinted a number of times since.

The book is actually Dunsany's sixth major work, two of his preceding books having been chapbooks or selections from his other works.

In contrast to most of Dunsany's other early books, Five Plays is a collection of dramatic works, the first of several such collections. All of the included plays were performed many times.

Five Plays
First US edition
AuthorLord Dunsany
CountryUnited Kingdom
GenreFantasy plays
PublisherGrant Richards (UK)
Mitchell Kennerley(US)
Publication date
Media typePrint (hardback)
Preceded byThe Book of Wonder 
Followed byFifty-One Tales 


  • "The Gods of the Mountain"
  • "The Golden Doom"
  • "King Argimenes and the Unknown Warrior"
  • "The Glittering Gate"
  • "The Lost Silk Hat"


  • Joshi, S. T. (1993). Lord Dunsany: a Bibliography / by S. T. Joshi and Darrell Schweitzer. Metuchen, N.J.: The Scarecrow Press, Inc. pp. 4–5.
  • Five Plays (zipped text at
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