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Machen, Arthur.

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ISBN 10: 187262149X / ISBN 13: 9781872621494
Published by Tartarus Press., Horam, East Sussex:, 2000
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HC in dust jacket. 1st Printing. One of 250 numbered copies. A fine copy in a fine dust jacket. Bookseller Inventory # 15511

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Publisher: Tartarus Press., Horam, East Sussex:

Publication Date: 2000

Edition: 1st edition.

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Perhaps Arthur Machen’s single most successful novella, A Fragment of Life tells the story of Edward and Mary Darnell and their transition from an everyday, materialistic London life, through to an ecstatic state of wonder. For the first time since its publication in the Horlicks Magazine, we also print the original, very different, final chapter.

‘A Fragment of Life’ ..., in its particular way, is almost perfect—tender, true, intimate, and restrained—in its exhibition of how a small suburban clerk and his wife came to awake from their dream of a London suburb, of daily labour, and of weary, useless little things, and saw the things that really mattered in life, with the result that ‘the voices of men and women came to sound with strange notes, with the echo rather of music that came over unknown hills’. Its mystical qualities are both rare and beautiful, and, as a work of art alone, it deserves to live. - The Standard

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Arthur Machen (1863 - 1947) was a Welsh author and mystic of the 1890s and early 20th century. He is best known for his influential supernatural, fantasy and horror fiction. His novella The Great God Pan (1890; 1894) has garnered a reputation as a classic of horror (Stephen King has called it "Maybe the best [horror story] in the English language"). He is also well known for his leading role in creating the legend of the Angels of Mons. --Wikipedia

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