Re: [mythsoc] Lilith
- In a message dated 09/28/2000 4:39:51 PM Eastern Daylight Time,
<< Anyone on the list read Lilith by George MacDonald? >>
It has been a long time, but yes. Lilith and Phantastes and, oh no I've
forgotten the title again, the one that is something like, but not really,
"Geordie"... and the short fairie tales. Buy them all, preferably second
hand, and read them at your leisure. Probably more than once.
Dunsany I never got into. Maybe someone here will have something compelling
to say aobut The King of Elfland's Daughter.
Have you read Morris' work or just have it? I loved the wonderful, dreamy,
allegorical feel to the pieces I read, was it, the one about e Wood and the
other about the Well.
I want my library back out of boxes! It has been like 8 years now since I've
had bookshelves. *sob* I know that somewhere I have poetry compilatiosn to
look up the poets that were so kindly recommended recently. Thanks.
And, another writer, a horror writer, i have recently heard of, August
Derleth. Should I look into him? I like Lovecraft and Poe both.
all for now,
- In a message dated 09/28/2000 4:55:15 PM Eastern Daylight Time,
<< A good volume of his fairy stories is still on my to-buy list,
though I have The Light Princess in a small paperback with illustrations
by Maurice Sendak.
>>Now that sounds like a book to have. Did Sendak do more of his books?
- On Fri, Sep 29, 2000 at 12:37:38PM -0400, ERATRIANO@... wrote:
> In a message dated 09/28/2000 4:55:15 PM Eastern Daylight Time,I also have a matching copy of The Golden Key. My husband got them for
> juliet@... writes:
> << A good volume of his fairy stories is still on my to-buy list,
> though I have The Light Princess in a small paperback with illustrations
> by Maurice Sendak.
> Now that sounds like a book to have. Did Sendak do more of his books?
me as a Christmas or birthday gift, so I'm not sure what others there
might be. Ok, I just checked on Amazon and those seem to be the only two.
They also seem to be available in hardcover.
- Jane Harrison wrote:
> Would like recommendation to MacDonald's work. I already have Morris'sYou ask a large question, but briefly, in my and others' opinion, Dunsany
> work. What
> about Lord Dunsany's stories. I only have one. And would appreciate any
> comments on these writers and others of similar time.
was the most pellucid stylist, and possessed of one of the most verdant
imaginations, and the slyest wit, of all fantasists. I confess that
MacDonald and Morris sometimes put me to sleep (with all of MacDonald's
dream fantasies, that may not be surprising). Dunsany never does, yet he
has all their virtues.
And Juliet Blosser wrote:
>I find that _how_ I read a work affects strongly my reaction to it, and
> You can find a selection of Dunsany's work at:
trying to read an author like Dunsany in phosphor is like trying to do
calm deep-breathing to power rock (though who knows, maybe some people
do). If you want a more reader-friendly selection of Dunsany, in the
U.S. there's two of his best novels (The King of Elfland's Daughter and
The Charwoman's Shadow) currently in print, plus an attractively laid-out
small press edition of some short stories, under the title of _The
Hashish Man_. The best current selection of Dunsany, though, is an
omnibus paperback of most of his best short fiction, under the title
_Time and the Gods_ (not to be confused with an o.p. shorter collection
of some of the same stories). All these are available from the
appropriate online booksellers.
And David Lenander wrote:
> _Lilith_ had an enormous impact on me, when IIt was one of the first books in the Ballantine Adult Fantasy series:
> read it at about age 15 (what year did Carter republish it?)
September of 1969.
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> Hi:by George
> Excited newbie still buying books. Anyone on the list read Lilith
> MacDonald?Title character & her domain are one of my favorite "takes" on the
vampire overlord concept (memo to Dracula: you're a ruddy amateur ;)
The "little people" are also I think rather well done. But somehow
the whole doesn't quite stand up...something about the concept of two
different "best beloveds" (inherent in the myth, of course, so
MacDonald is kinda stuck with it), offends the romantic in me. And
the reform of a certain major character in the late stages smacks a
little too much of brainwashing for my taste (I'm w/ Chesterton: "God
sent man forth a free knight/Who might betray his Lord" or however
that bit goes).
Of his other fiction, I prefer Princess & Curdie to Princess & the
Goblins (they can be read out of order with zero damage to lucidity),
and my favorites of his fairy tales would be the Day Boy and the
Night Girl (werewolf alert! Well, sorta, anyway...), and that story
about the princess who waxes and wanes with the phases of the moon.
> Would like recommendation to MacDonald's work. I already haveMorris's
> work. WhatHad trouble getting into Dunsany, myself. Which is odd, because I
> about Lord Dunsany's stories. I only have one.
can blast through Merritt, E.R.Burroughs, Russell Thorndyke,
Lovecraft w/o a backward glance...