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Dean Spanley: The Novel

Dean Spanley: The Novel

Author: Edward Plunkett,Baron Dunsany
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DoP Dec 2008, uk Novel & film screenplay Tie-in to NZ director Toa Fraser's (No 2) film of the same name starring Sam Neill as Dean Spanley. 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.

Reviews

Praise for the forthcoming film: "Featuring a career-capping performance by Peter O'Toole and a magical melange of fine wine, canines and eccentric behaviour, Dean Spanley is a rare pleasure." Toronto Film Festival 2008 "A moving and visually wondrous evocation of magic and imagination." Screen Daily "... engrossing drama... Peter O'Toole [gives an] absolutely mesmerizing performance...The final reel packs far more of an emotional wallop than one could've possibly anticipated." Reel Film Review

Author description

Edward Plunkett, Lord Dunsany, was born in 1878. Early passions for chess, guns and dogs stayed with him on his path through Eton, Sandhurst and the Coldstream Guards. His untidiness and eccentricity set him apart from his fellow officers, and the Irish peer left the army after the South African war to concentrate on hunting, cricket and, increasingly, wriiting. He wrote nearly 50 books and plays between 1905 and his death in 1957. Alan Sharp was born in Dundee in 1934 and is an award-winning screenwriter, from TV plays for the BBC and ITV in the 1960s to major film scripts, including Rob Roy (1995). He now splits his time living in Scotland and New Zealand.

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General Fields

  • : 9780007290451
  • : HarperCollins Publishers
  • : Harper
  • : November 2008
  • : 203mm X 136mm
  • : United Kingdom
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : General & literary fiction; Classic fiction
  • : Hardback
  • : General & literary fiction; Classic fiction
  • : Hardback
  • : 30 col plates (16pp)
  • : Film tie-in ed
  • : Film tie-in ed
  • : 30 col plates (16pp)
  • : 823.912
  • : 823.912
  • : 320
  • : Edward Plunkett,Baron Dunsany
  • : 320