The last unicorn : the lost journey / Peter S. Beagle ; illustrated by Stephanie Law.

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      First edition.
    • Abstract:
      Summary: "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 beautifully illustrated, commemorative hardcover edition, which includes Beagle's revisited, wry musings upon his early writing career. 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." -- From publisher's description.
    • Notes:
      Previously published as The Last Unicorn: The Lost Version copyright ©2007 by Peter S. Beagle (Subterranean Press: Burton, Michigan). -- title page verso.
    • Other Titles:
      Lost journey. Last unicorn : the lost version. Lost version.
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Booklist Reviews 2018 November #1

*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. Copyright 2018 Booklist Reviews.