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Peter Soyer Beagle (born April 20 1939) is an Americanmarker fantasist and author of novels, nonfiction, and screenplays. He is also a talented guitarist and folk singer. He won early recognition from The Scholastic Art & Writing Awards as a high school senior for a poem; the award was accompanied by a scholarship to the University of Pittsburgh, where he graduated with a degree in creative writing. He wrote his first novel, A Fine and Private Place, when he was only 19 years old. Today he is best known as the author of The Last Unicorn, which routinely polls as one of the top ten fantasy novels of all time, and at least two of his other books (A Fine and Private Place and I See By My Outfit) are considered modern classics.

He wrote the teleplay for episode 71 of the television series Star Trek: The Next Generation, titled "Sarek." He wrote the screenplay for the 1978 Ralph Bakshi-animated version of The Lord of the Rings, the film which first inspired a teenaged Peter Jackson to read J.R.R. Tolkien, and he wrote an introduction page for the American edition of The Lord of the Rings in the early 1970s.

His work as a screenwriter interrupted his early career direction as a novelist, magazine nonfiction author, and short-story writer. But in the mid-'90s he returned to prose fiction of all lengths, and has produced new works at a steady pace since.

In addition to his own body of work, he is heir to the literary estates of science fiction author Edgar Pangborn, Edgar's sister and sometime collaborator Mary, and their mother Georgia Wood Pangborn. Since 2003 he has been working to bring the best of these three authors' fiction back into print.

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Beagle with Inkpot award at the San Diego Comic-Con in 2006
In 2005 he finally published a coda to The Last Unicorn, a novelette entitled "Two Hearts," and began work on a full-novel sequel. In 2006, "Two Hearts" won the prestigious Hugo Award for Best Novelette and in 2007 it won the Nebula Award in the same category. The story was also nominated as a short fiction finalist for the World Fantasy Award. In 2006, Beagle won the Inkpot Award for Outstanding Achievement in Science Fiction and Fantasy. In 2007, Beagle won the inaugural WSFA Small Press Award for "El Regalo," published in The Line Between (Tachyon Publications).

Peter S. Beagle now lives in Oakland, Californiamarker.

Dispute with Granada Media

Peter S. Beagle's book The Last Unicorn was made into an animated film in 1982, based on a screenplay written by Beagle himself. In 1979 Peter had a contract with ITC Entertainment which entitled Peter to 5% of the net profits in the animated property and 5% of the gross revenues from any film-related merchandising from the animated film. Since 1999 this film has been controlled by a British company, Granada Media International (a subsidiary of ITV plc). Peter S. Beagle is now involved in a financial dispute with Granada Media over nonpayment of contractually-due profit and merchandising shares. The total amount due might total as much as several million dollars.


  • A Fine and Private Place, 1960 (novel)
  • I See By My Outfit: Cross-Country by Scooter, an Adventure, 1965 (nonfiction)
  • The Last Unicorn, 1968 (novel)
  • The California Feeling, 1969 (with photographer Michael Bry, nonfiction)
  • Lila the Werewolf, 1974 (chapbook edition of previously-published novelette)
  • American Denim, 1975 (nonfiction art book)
  • The Lady and Her Tiger, 1976 (with Pat Derby, nonfiction)
  • The Fantasy Worlds of Peter S. Beagle, 1978 (omnibus collection including A Fine and Private Place, The Last Unicorn, "Come Lady Death," and "Lila the Werewolf")
  • The Garden of Earthly Delights, 1982 (nonfiction art book)
  • The Folk of the Air, 1986 (novel, currently being rewritten and expanded for new release)
  • The Innkeeper's Song, 1993 (novel)
  • In the Presence of the Elephants, 1995 (nonfiction photo book)
  • Peter S. Beagle's Immortal Unicorn, 1995 (co-editor, original story anthology, split into two volumes when reprinted in paperback: Peter S. Beagle's Immortal Unicorn in 1998 and Peter S. Beagle's Immortal Unicorn 2 in 1999)
  • The Unicorn Sonata, 1996 (young adult novel, currently being rewritten and expanded into a 4-book series)
  • Giant Bones, 1997 (collection of original stories set in the world of The Innkeeper's Song)
  • The Rhinoceros Who Quoted Nietzsche and Other Odd Acquaintances, 1997 (collection of fiction and nonfiction essays)
  • The Magician of Karakosk and Other Stories, 1999 (foreign edition title for Giant Bones collection)
  • Tamsin, 1999 (novel)
  • A Dance for Emilia, 2000 (hardcover giftbook edition of novella)
  • The Line Between, 2006 (story collection)
  • Your Friendly Neighborhood Magician: Songs and Early Poems, 2006 (limited edition chapbook collection of song lyrics and poetry)
  • The Last Unicorn: The Lost Version, 2007 (1000-copy limited collector's edition for Subterranean Press)
  • Strange Roads, 2008 (3-story chapbook collaboration with Lisa Snellings-Clark for Dreamhaven Books)
  • We Never Talk About My Brother, 2009 (short fiction collection for Tachyon Publications)


  • The Last Unicorn, 1990 (abridged, cassette only, read by Peter)
  • A Fine and Private Place, 2002 (unabridged CD & cassette, read by Peter)
  • Giant Bones, 2002 (unabridged CD & cassette, read by Peter)
  • Tamsin, 2002 (unabridged CD & cassette, read by Peter)
  • The Last Unicorn, 2005 (unabridged CD & download, read by Peter, with original music by Jeff Slingluff)

Produced screenplays

Upcoming books

  • Two Hearts, 2009 (limited chapbook edition of Hugo and Nebula Award-winning novelette sequel to The Last Unicorn)
  • Writing Sarek, 2009 (Star Trek nonfiction with annotated "Sarek" teleplay)
  • Sméagol, Déagol, and Beagle: Essays From the Headwaters of My Voice, 2009 (nonfiction essay collection)
  • Summerlong, 2009 (magical realist novel set in modern-day Seattle)
  • The First Last Unicorn and Other Beginnings, 2009 (story collection with additional essay material)
  • Three Faces of The Lady, 2009 (collection centered on "Come Lady Death")
  • I'm Afraid You've Got Dragons, 2009 (YA novel)
  • Green-Eyed Boy: Three Schmendrick Stories, 2009 (story collection with additional essay)
  • Three Unicorns, 2009 (story collection with additional essay)
  • Four Years, Five Seasons, 2009 (story collection)
  • Mirror Kingdoms: The Best of Peter S. Beagle, 2010 (Subterranean Press collection of Beagle short fiction, edited by Jonathan Strahan)
  • Sweet Lightning, 2010 (1950s baseball fantasy novel)


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