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Re: Re: [mythsoc] Harold Bloom: Fwd from David Lenander

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  • David S. Bratman
    _The Flight to Lucifer: A Gnostic Fantasy_ (Farrar Straus & Giroux, 1979)
    Message 1 of 4 , Oct 1, 2001
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      _The Flight to Lucifer: A Gnostic Fantasy_ (Farrar Straus & Giroux, 1979)

      At 09:11 AM 10/1/2001 , Alexei wrote:

      >It's been a long time since I read it, so I don't remember details very well,
      >but at the time I recall thinking that Bloom's novel (which was called
      >something like _The Flight From Lucifer_, I think?) was a *plagiarisation* of
      >_A Voyage to Arcturus_, since it incorporated a lot of Lindsay's plot
      >elements and even some of his names without once acknowledging his debt to
      >Lindsay. I suspect he thought Lindsay's book was so obscure nobody would
      >notice.
    • Janet Croft
      The Flight to Lucifer: A Gnostic Fantasy. Amazon reviews: http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0374526303/qid=1001953581/sr=1-3/ref=
      Message 2 of 4 , Oct 1, 2001
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        The Flight to Lucifer: A Gnostic Fantasy. Amazon reviews:
        http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0374526303/qid=1001953581/sr=1-3/ref=
        sr_1_0_3/104-6457102-1488700. Sounds pretty bad.....

        Janet
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        From: alexeik@... [mailto:alexeik@...]
        Sent: Monday, October 01, 2001 11:11 AM
        To: mythsoc@yahoogroups.com
        Subject: Re: Re: [mythsoc] Harold Bloom: Fwd from David Lenander



        In a message dated 9/28/1 7:52:56 PM, David Lenander wrote:

        <<Bloom ... actually wrote a SF novel of his
        own, which I have somewhere, but which I never finished. I think he
        probably liked David Lindsey's _A Voyage to Arcturus_, which is the book
        that I seem to recall noticing must have influenced the writing of the
        Bloom
        novel. I don't think that Bloom's novel is very good, actually. >>

        It's been a long time since I read it, so I don't remember details very
        well,
        but at the time I recall thinking that Bloom's novel (which was called
        something like _The Flight From Lucifer_, I think?) was a *plagiarisation*
        of
        _A Voyage to Arcturus_, since it incorporated a lot of Lindsay's plot
        elements and even some of his names without once acknowledging his debt to
        Lindsay. I suspect he thought Lindsay's book was so obscure nobody would
        notice.
        I agree that it wasn't a very good book, and very inferior to its model
        (which, although it often attracts disparaging comments, I find to be a
        numinous, powerfully inspired book, and a marginal but undisputable
        fantasy
        classic).
        Alexei


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