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

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  • 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 1 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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