Peter S Beagle Books In Order


  1. A Fine and Private Place (1960)
  2. The Last Unicorn (1968)
  3. The Folk of the Air (1986)
  4. The Innkeeper’s Song (1993)
  5. The Unicorn Sonata (1996)
  6. Tamsin (1999)
  7. I’m Afraid You’ve Got Dragons (2007)
  8. Sweet Lightning (2008)
  9. Summerlong (2016)
  10. In Calabria (2017)


  1. The Fantasy Worlds of Peter Beagle (1978)
  2. A Fine and Private Place / The Last Unicorn (2003)


  1. Giant Bones (1996)
  2. The Rhinoceros Who Quoted Nietzsche and Other Odd Acquaintances (1997)
  3. The Line Between (2006)
  4. We Never Talk About My Brother (2009)
  5. Mirror Kingdoms (2010)
  6. Sleight of Hand (2011)
  7. Once Upon a Curse (2012)
  8. The First Last Unicorn and Other Beginnings (2012)
  9. The Overneath (2017)


  1. A Dance for Emilia (2000)


  1. Lila, the Werewolf (1974)
  2. The Last Unicorn: The Lost Version (2007)
  3. Return (2010)
  4. The Story of Kao Yu (2016)
  5. The Karkadann Triangle (2018)

Anthologies edited

  1. Peter S Beagle’s Immortal Unicorn (1995)
  2. The Secret History of Fantasy (2010)
  3. The Urban Fantasy Anthology (2011)
  4. The New Voices of Fantasy (2017)
  5. The Unicorn Anthology (2019)

Non fiction

  1. I See By My Outfit (1965)
  2. The California Feeling (1969)
  3. American Denim (1975)
  4. The Lady and Her Tiger (1976)
  5. The Garden of Earthly Delights (1982)
  6. In the Presence of Elephants (1995)
  7. Conversations From the Edge: The Galaxy’s Edge Interviews (2019)

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Peter S Beagle Books Overview

A Fine and Private Place

This classic, mesmerizing tale from the author of The Last Unicorn is a journey between the realms of the living and the dead, and the eternal power of love. Michael Morgan was not ready to die, but his funeral was carried out just the same. Trapped in the dark limbo between life and death as a ghost, he searches for an escape. Instead, he discovers the beautiful Laura…
and a love stronger than the boundaries of the grave and the spirit world. Praise for Peter S. Beagle: ‘Wit, charm, and a sense of individuality.’ New York Times Book Review ‘It’s a fully rounded region, this other world of Peter Beagle’s imagination…
an originality…
that is wholly his own.’ Kirkus Reviews ‘Both sepulchral and oddly appealing…
Beagle’s ectoplasmic fable has a distinct, mossy charm.’ Time ‘Delightful.’ San Francisco Chronicle

The Last Unicorn

Whimsical. Lyrical. Poignant. Adapted for the first time from the acclaimed and beloved novel by Peter S. Beagle, The Last Unicorn is a tale for any age about the wonders of magic, the power of love, and the tragedy of loss. The unicorn, alone in her enchanted wood, discovers that she may be the last of her kind. Reluctant at first, she sets out on a journey to find her fellow unicorns, even if it means facing the terrifying anger of the Red Bull and malignant evil of the king who wields his power. Adapted by Peter B. Gillis and lushly illustrated by Renae De Liz and Ray Dillon, this special, oversized edition features additional art galleries and loads of extras, expanding the universe of The Last Unicorn.

The Innkeeper’s Song

Searching for his lover in a shadowy, magic world, young Tikat meets three mysterious cloaked women, whose quest involves saving their mentor, a once powerful wizard, from losing his magic to a treacherous enemy.

The Unicorn Sonata

A tomboy misfit and born musician, thirteen year old Josephine ‘Joey’ Rivera encounters a mysterious young man named Indigo who changes her life, playing ghostly, haunting music that she follows down an ordinary street into the magical world of Shei’rah.Tour.


In his long awaited return to full length fiction, Peter S. Beagle has crafted a beautiful modern day ghost story that confirms his status as one of the world’s most original and emotionally rewarding storytellers…
Tamsin is a young woman who died over 300 years ago. Jennifer is a young American, transplanted to England by her mother’s remarriage. They are two lonely souls, on opposite sides of life and death a boundary they are both about to cross…
Peter S. Beagle is:’The class act of fantasy writing, the only contemporary to remind one of Tolkien, and, in his darker moments, Dineson.’ Booklist starred review’An artist writing about matters of consequence…
His is the very special magic of the poet and storyteller whose only desire is to bring forth beauty and enjoyment for his readers.’ Chicago News’A shimmering, knowing and humorous intelligence, and a seemingly boundless font of creativity.’ Washington Post A highly respected author: Beagle has received many major awards, nominations and reviews, including a New York Times Notable Book

I’m Afraid You’ve Got Dragons

Dragons are common in the back water kingdom of bellemontagne, coming in sizes from mouse like vermin all the way up to castle smashing monsters. gaius Aurelius Constantine Heliogabalus thrax who would much rather people just call him robert has recently inherited his deceased dad’s job as a dragon catcher/exterminator, a career he detests with all his heart in part because he likes dragons, feeling an odd kinship with them, but mainly because his dream has always been the impossible one of transcending his humble origin to someday become a prince s valet. Needless to say, fate has something rather different in mind…


Retired history professor Abe Aronson is a cranky, solitary man living out his autumn years on Gardner Island, a ferry ride away from the hustle and bustle of nearby Seattle. One rainy February night, while dining at a favorite local haunt, Abe and his girlfriend Joanna meet waitress Lioness Lazos, new in town and without a place of her own. Fascinated and moved by the girl’s plight, Joanna invites Lioness to stay in Abe’s garage. It seems everyone falls for the charming and invigorating Lioness, she is much more than she appears, and an ancient covenant made millennia ago threatens to disrupt the spring and alter the lives of Abe, Joanna and those around them forever…

Giant Bones

Nominated for the World Fantasy AwardSix breathtaking stories set in the bestselling world of The Inkeeper’s Song. The ‘best work yet’ Locus from the award winning author of The Last Unicorn’Beagle is the class act of fantasy writing, the only contemporary to remind one of Tolkien, and, in his darker moments, Dineson…
Beagle’s fairy tales invoke comparison with yet another great name, the Brothers Grimm.’ Booklist starred review Nominee, The Mythopoeic Awards Nominee, World Fantasy Award Best Collection Nominee, 1998 Best Books for the Teen Age Beagle is one of the most beloved, respected, and award winning authors in fantasy today A selection of the Science Fiction Book Club Beagle is the bestselling author of The Innkeeper’s Song, The Last Unicorn, and A Fine & Private Place

The Rhinoceros Who Quoted Nietzsche and Other Odd Acquaintances

This overview of Peter Beagle’s extraordinary career as a fantasist contains seven short stories and three essays as well as a new preface by the author. It also features the original whimsical Chesley Award winning cover illustration by talented Bay Area artist Michael Dashow. ‘The Last Unicorn, Beagle’s most beloved novel, was an underground bestseller in the late 1960s and 1970s. This collection includes two of Beagle’s popular unicorn stories, ‘Professor Gottesman and the Indian Rhinoceros’ and ‘Julei’s Unicorn,’ as well as ‘Lila the Werewolf,’ which is anthologized in the ‘Oxford Book of Fantasy, and a tribute to J. R. R. Tolkien, ‘The Naga.’

The Line Between

The long awaited sequel to the popular classic The Last Unicorn is the centerpiece of this powerful collection of new tales from a fantasy master. As longtime fans have come to expect, the stories are written with a grace and style similar to fantasy’s most original voices, such as J. R. R. Tolkien, Fritz Leiber, and Kurt Vonnegut. Traditional themes are typically infused with modern sensibilities reincarnated lovers and waning kings rub shoulders with heroic waifs; Schmendrick the Magician returns to adventure, as does the ghost of an off Broadway actor and a dream stealing shapeshifter; and Gordon, the delightfully charming ‘self made cat,’ appears for the first time in print, taking his place alongside Stuart Little as a new favorite of the young at heart. This wide ranging compilation contains sly humor and a resounding depth that will charm fans of literary fantasy.

We Never Talk About My Brother

‘By Moonlight’ by Peter S. Beagle was named Best Novelette at the 2010 Locus Awards. The novelette comes from the collection We Never Talk About My BrotherModern parables of love, death, and transformation are peppered with melancholy in this extraordinary collection of contemporary fantasy. Each short story cultivates a whimsical sense of imagination and reveals a mature, darker voice than previously experienced from this legendary author. In one tale the Angel of Death enjoys newfound celebrity while moonlighting as an anchorman on the network news, while in another the shortsighted ruler of a gentle realm betrays himself in dreaming of a ‘manageable war.’ Further storylines include an American librarian who discovers that, much to his surprise and sadness, he is the last living Frenchman, and rivals in a supernatural battle who decide to forgo pistols at dawn, choosing instead to duel with dramatic recitations of terrible poetry. Featuring several previously unpublished stories alongside a bevy of recently released works, this haunting compilation is appealing to both genre readers and mainstream literature lovers.

Mirror Kingdoms

When New York Times Bestselling writer Tad Williams described Peter S. Beagle as a ‘bandit prince out to steal reader’s hearts’ he touched on a truth that readers have known for fifty years. Beagle, whose work has touched generations of readers around the world, has spun rich, romantic and very funny tales that have beguiled and enchanted readers of all ages. Undeniably, his most famous work is the much loved classic, The Last Unicorn, which tells of unicorn who sets off on quest to discover whether she is the last of her kind, and of the people she meets on her journey. Never prolific, The Last Unicorn is one of only five novels Beagle has published since A Fine and Private Place appeared in 1960, and was followed by The Folk of the Air, The Innkeeper’s Song, and Tamsin. During the first forty years of his career Beagle also wrote a small handful, scarcely a dozen, short stories. Classics like ‘Come Lady Death,’ ‘Lila and the Werewolf,’ ‘Julie’s Unicorn,’ ‘Professor Gottesman and the Indian Rhinoceros,’ and the tales that make up Giant Bones. And then, starting just five years ago, he turned his attention to short fiction in earnest, and produced a stunning array of new stories including the Hugo and Nebula Award winning follow up to The Last Unicorn, ‘Two Hearts,’ WSFA Small Press Award winner ‘El Regalo,’ and wonderful stories like the surrealist ‘The Last and Only,’ the haunting ‘The Rabbi’s Hobby’ and others. Mirror Kingdoms: The Best of Peter S. Beagle collects the very best of these stories, over 200,000 words worth, ranging across 45 years of his career from early stories to freshly minted tales that will surprise and amaze readers. It’s a book which shows, more than any other, just how successful this bandit prince from the streets of New York has been at stealing our hearts and underscores how much we hope he ll keep on doing so.

Sleight of Hand

Abundant with tales of quiet heroism, life changing decisions, and determined searches for deep answers, this extraordinary collection of contemporary fantasy explores the realms between this world and the next. From the top of the Berlin Wall to the depths of the darkest seas, gods and monsters battle their enemies and innermost fears, yet mere mortals make the truly difficult choices. A slightly regretful author and a vengeful but dilapidated dragon square off over an abandoned narrative; the children of the Shark God demand painful truths from their chronically absent father; and a bereaved women sacrifices herself to change one terrible moment, effortlessly reversed by a shuffle of the deck. Whether melancholic, comedic, or deeply tragic, each new tale is suffused with misdirection and discovery, expressed in the rich and mesmerizing voice of a masterful storyteller.

The First Last Unicorn and Other Beginnings

Featuring previously unpublished and uncollected treasures from a much beloved fantasy icon, this lovingly curated collection is a ho*ard of riches and surprises. A romp through the filing cabinet of Peter S. Beagle’s imagination, it is an unexpected glimpse into the curios, curiosities, and capstones of his later fiction. Included is a novella length adventure of the last unicorn, in which she bands together with a duo of ambivalent demons to seek out her lost brethren. Additional chapters from A Fine & Private Place, from the unpublished novel Mirror Kingdoms, and even snippets from Beagle s childhood and teenaged years are included. Correspondence, running commentary, and interviews give delightful insight into the creative process of this beloved master of the genre.

A Dance for Emilia

Even lifelong friendships can’t outlast death…
or can they? Award winning author Peter S. Beagle presents a deeply personal story of dreams abandoned and recovered, friends loved and lost, and the strength it takes to let go…
. Praise for Peter S. Beagle’s novels:’Peter S. Beagle has both opulence of imagination and mastery of style.’ New York Times ‘Stunning…
Fantasy rarely dances through the imagination in more radiant garb than this.’ Publishers Weekly starred review’Peter S. Beagle illuminates with his own particular magic.’ Ursula K. LeGuin’Beagle is the class act of fantasy writing.’ Booklist

The Last Unicorn: The Lost Version

Peter S. Beagle’s The Last Unicorn has sold at least six million copies around the world since it was published in 1968, and tens of millions of viewers have delighted in the animated film version for which Peter also wrote the screenplay. But none of the fans of this amazing work have ever known the full story of how The Last Unicorn came to be. In 1962, the 23 year old Beagle was at a career crossroads. His fantasy novel A Fine and Private Place had been released to great critical acclaim in 1960, but his mainstream second book had been flatly rejected by his publisher. What Peter wrote next was an 80 page fragment about a unicorn, the last of her kind, lost in the modern world of superhighways and Kodak cameras, with only a banished demon from Hell for a traveling companion. This first take on the beloved classic so much the same, so very different is now available to readers for the first time, with an introduction and commentary by the author.


Every adventure has a beginning and every truly great adventure has an ending.

In 1993 Peter S. Beagle, author of the beloved classic, The Last Unicorn, took an old song lyric of his and spun it into the Locus Award-winning fantasy The Innkeeper’s Song, an enchanting tale of three powerful women, each with a secret past, a stable boy, and an innkeeper who set in motion a series of events that bring them face to face with the forces of magic and the workings of fate.

Four years later Beagle took us back to their world in the World Fantasy Award nominated story collection, Giant Bones, and in the novella ‘Lal and Soukyan’ continued the adventures of two of his most-loved characters. In the decade that followed, Beagle touched on their world in powerful stories like ‘Quarry,’ ‘Chandail,’ ‘Barrens Dance,’ and ‘What Tune the Enchantress Plays.’

Now, after a hiatus of six years, he comes back to the story of Soukyan once known as Nyateneri in Return. Return is a major new fantasy novella in which Soukyan turns to face the evil he has fled for most of his adult life, finally confronting the powerful forces that both made him and that have tried so tirelessly to destroy him. The end of the adventure is nearly here…

Peter S Beagle’s Immortal Unicorn

Let Your Imagination Run Free Peter S. Beagle’s international classic The Last Unicorn has captivated readers for three decades. Now Beagle is back, with the help of co editor Janet Berliner, with this magical volume of legendary stories that capture the essence of this best loved mythical creature of all time and explore its immortal allure. In this second volume of tales from Peter S. Beagle’s Immortal Unicorn are fifteen more astonishing, delightful, and breathtaking stories by today’s top fantasy authors including a story original to this paperback edition by Peter S. Beagle himself.

The Secret History of Fantasy

This ingenious anthology posits that fantasy fiction is on a new path: series novels that chronicle epic adventures have been joined by tales where mythology, fairy tales, and archetypes are fully re imagined into a new modern literature. Anthologist and author Peter S. Beagle represents both the traditional and the new, having written the introduction to The Lord of the Rings as well as the inventive fantasy novel, The Last Unicorn. In this exciting, canonic volume, Beagle showcases gifted writers who began to rediscover older fantasy classics and to redefine fantasy in their own unique voices. Innovative authors in this anthology include Robert Holdstock, Gregory Maguire, Neal Gaiman, Francesca Lia Block, Steven Millhauser, and others who have lead the way to expanding imaginative frontiers. From the depths of an dangerous English forest to the staircase at the edge of the world, on a caffeinated journey to the empire of ice cream to the maze in the Barnum museum, you’ll discover the wonder of favorite childhood tales made modern and fresh once again.

I See By My Outfit

I Loved You Wednesdayis a novel about temporary commitments. For Chris and Steve, love develops out of a friendship rooted in their common struggle for that one big break on the TV networks or on Broadway. They must face the rejections and disappointments, readings, and tryouts. Zany, sympathetic, and intensely alive, Chris and Steve live each day with all the verve and delight of a Holly Golightly whose diamonds are the lights of Broadway, but love on Wednesday may not be love on Thursday, for today’s 1975 ‘liberated’ generation often plans futilely to fulfill dreams of permanent relationships. The love they share is sadly outgrown as their horizons widen. Tears and laughter join in I Loved You Wednesday to present the total experience of the young lovers living in the mid 1970’s.

American Denim

‘Presented by Richard M. Owens & Tony Lane, American Denim: A New Folk Art, Text by Peter Beagle, Photographs by Baron Wolman and the Denim Artists: James H. Lind, Joy Ng, Randy Freeman, Dug Miles, S. Alexis Pawlik, Linda L. Leitnaker, Wende Stitt, Gretchen Koepsel, Marigold A. Lamb, Bill Shire, Nicki Marx, Vincent D. Taylor, Paula Gulbicki, Louise Crandell Kerr and Sandra Musashi, Mara Mercer, Kris Koza, Kay Chellman Millet, Susan van den Heuvel, Ann Meske, Judy Manley, Lauretta M. Jones, Benita Cullinan, Steve Ostrom, Calvin Martens, Ken Waters, Julie Elliott, Etsuko Betty Yoshioka, Kay M. Aronson, Lori Feldman, C. Kenneth Havis, Rick Rogers, Megan Rickards, Constance Comment, Anna V. A. Polesny, Christine A. McDonald, Louise Halsey, Susan Cole, Betty F. Wallenstein, Sherry Stevens, Kay Bratun, Martha Green, Hopeton Morris, Ruby Uehara, Russell Richter, Kay Shuper, Anne Struthers, Gretchen Kelly, Wayne Lohr, Phoebe Berrey, Cheryl Kartes, Sheryn Gerber Berlinski, Grace Giusti, Sandra L. Brown, Suzann Dunaway, Darcy Green, Debra Lynn Tygell, Chuck Van Horn, Dale Sizer.’ from the book

The Lady and Her Tiger

Produced by Pat Derby with the permission of Peter S. Beagle to support her efforts in saving animals that have worked in film and television.

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