Edward John Moreton Drax Plunkett, 18th Baron of Dunsany (1878 – 1957) was an Irish writer and dramatist, notable for his work, mostly in fantasy, published under the name Lord Dunsany. More than 80 books of his work were published, including many hundreds of short stories, as well as successful plays, novels (especially The King of Elfland’s Daughter) and essays. Born to the second-oldest title (created 1439) in the Irish peerage, Dunsany lived much of his life at what may be Ireland's longest-inhabited house, Dunsany Castle near Tara, was chess and pistol-shooting champion of Ireland, and travelled and hunted extensively. Dunsany's writing habits were considered peculiar by some. Apparently, he always sat on a crumpled old hat while composing his tales, and Dunsany almost never rewrote anything; everything he published was theoretically a first draft. Much of his work was penned with quill pens, which he made himself.