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The well at the world's end : a tale

Author: William Morris; Chiswick Press,
Publisher: London ; New York : Longmans, Green, and Co., [London] : Chiswick Press. 1896.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Fiction : EnglishView all editions and formats
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The epic fantasy novel that defined the genre, now in one volume As the youngest son of a king, Ralph of Upmeads is expected to forsake adventure for the safety of home. But the call of the Well at the World's End is too powerful to resist, and Ralph disobeys his parents in order to seek out his true destiny in its magical waters. The journey is long and arduous as the well lies on the far side of a distant mountain  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Fantasy fiction
Fiction
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Morris, William, 1834-1896.
Well at the world's end.
London ; New York : Longmans, Green, and Co., 1896 ([London] : Chiswick Press)
(OCoLC)570534108
Material Type: Fiction
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: William Morris; Chiswick Press,
OCLC Number: 2033530
Description: 2 volumes (vii, [1], 378; vi, 279 pages) ; 23 cm
Responsibility: by William Morris.

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The epic fantasy novel that defined the genre, now in one volume As the youngest son of a king, Ralph of Upmeads is expected to forsake adventure for the safety of home. But the call of the Well at the World's End is too powerful to resist, and Ralph disobeys his parents in order to seek out his true destiny in its magical waters. The journey is long and arduous as the well lies on the far side of a distant mountain range and the lands beyond Upmeads are full of treacherous characters. With the help of a beautiful maiden and an ancient hermit, Ralph completes his quest and raises the cup of immortality and wisdom to his lips. The question is, what will he do with his newfound powers? Widely recognized as the forerunner to modern fantasy, The Well at the World's End is a magnificent tale of romance and adventure and a major influence on the works of J. R. R. Tolkien and C. S. Lewis.

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