The Secret Glory Best Read || [Arthur Machen]


  • Title: The Secret Glory
  • Author: Arthur Machen
  • ISBN: 9781872621364
  • Page: 411
  • Format: Hardcover

  • The Secret Glory Best Read || [Arthur Machen] - The Secret Glory, The Secret Glory Sewn hardback printed and bound by Antony Rowe in green wibalin cloth stamped in gold with yellow and green head and tailband copies Out of print Description Contains all six chapters of the novel
    Arthur Machen
    Arthur Machen was a leading Welsh author of the 1890s He is best known for his influential supernatural, fantasy, and horror fiction His long story The Great God Pan made him famous and controversial in his lifetime, but The Hill of Dreams is generally considered his masterpiece He also is well known for his leading role in creating the legend of the Angels of Mons.At the age of eleven, Machen boarded at Hereford Cathedral School, where he received an excellent classical education Family poverty ruled out attendance at university, and Machen was sent to London, where he sat exams to attend medical school but failed to get in Machen, however, showed literary promise, publishing in 1881 a long poem Eleusinia on the subject of the Eleusinian Mysteries Returning to London, he lived in relative poverty, attempting to work as a journalist, as a publisher s clerk, and as a children s tutor while writing in the evening and going on long rambling walks across London.In 1884 he published his second work, the pastiche The Anatomy of Tobacco, and secured work with the publisher and bookseller George Redway as a cataloguer and magazine editor This led to further work as a translator from French, translating the Heptameron of Marguerite de Navarre, Le Moyen de Parvenir Fantastic Tales of B roalde de Verville, and the Memoirs of Casanova Machen s translations in a spirited English style became standard ones for many years.Around 1890 Machen began to publish in literary magazines, writing stories influenced by the works of Robert Louis Stevenson, some of which used gothic or fantastic themes This led to his first major success, The Great God Pan It was published in 1894 by John Lane in the noted Keynotes Series, which was part of the growing aesthetic movement of the time Machen s story was widely denounced for its sexual and horrific content and subsequently sold well, going into a second edition.Machen next produced The Three Impostors, a novel composed of a number of interwoven tales, in 1895 The novel and the stories within it were eventually to be regarded as among Machen s best works However, following the scandal surrounding Oscar Wilde later that year, Machen s association with works of decadent horror made it difficult for him to find a publisher for new works Thus, though he would write some of his greatest works over the next few years, some were published much later These included The Hill of Dreams, Hieroglyphics, A Fragment of Life, the story The White People , and the stories which make up Ornaments in Jade.


    Commentaires:

    BillKerwin
    True Arthur Machen lovers know he wrote his best stuff before WW I began, so, if you are one of us, don t be put off by the fact that The Secret Glory was first published in 1922 It was actually written in 1907, and this first literary use of the theme of the Holy Grail surviving into modern times bears the mark of Machen s best literary style on every page.This strange little book depicts the ghastly utilitarian world of the pompous, ostentatiously Christian public school, obsessed with team sp [...]

    John
    A surprise that this book is so obscure The writing and the story were magnificent Machen may be the Welsh Poe.Was Ambrose Meyrick insane or born in the wrong millennium A Welsh orphan, he went to live with his uncle at a public school in the industrialized midlands, where he was seen as a lazy, idle, unrealistic and impractical dreamer So he was caned by the teachers, bullied by his classmates, and bored by his classes.His father, before his death, had developed an enthusiasm in him for antiqui [...]

    James
    An interesting novel, though I wasn t as crazy about it as I was with The Hill of Dreams I felt this novel lacked the focus of that other work, and felt a bit rambling and unstructured though that was, at the same time, part of its charm One of the most interesting aspects of the book was the final fate of the main character, but it was very undeveloped Machen literally summarizes it in half a page would have liked to see pages devoted to that rather than endless discursions on the importance o [...]

    David
    As is the case with many of Machens fuller length novels, this can be a challenge to read Possibly because his comfort zone is in short stories, thus he felt a need to pad in his longer works That being said, waffle aside, it s a good read.Without going into detail and spoiling the plot, it has a real Catcher in the Rye feel about it, coupled with hints of the supernatural and Arthurian legend For the most part this is presented well but has aged a little than Machen would have liked It also en [...]

    Jim Smith
    Not as perfect as The Hill of Dreams, but no less powerful and evocative a journey of mystical discovery One of Machen s final great works most fans agree he wrote the majority of his best material before World War 1 and only let down by a somewhat abrupt ending At this point in Machen s career the dark obsessive paganism and supernatural horror he is best known for had evolved into a purer wonderment and positive ecstasy, which would also be delicately handled in such strong later works as The [...]

    Gwydion
    I have WANTED to like Machen s fiction but having tried a few, I can t really get into them apart from The great god Pan This novel rambles and moves from a very cynical description of the English public ie private school system to an apparently unconnected visionary sequence Very strange.

    blake
    I m gonna just straight up confess that I didn t really get this book I was given a lot of Machen books a while back and they were all up there under fiction M , and the first book I pulled out was Hieroglyphics which is non fiction I had a sense that maybe I should ve read that before this, since a lot of the mysticism was not something I could relate to It reminded me, in that sense, of The Wild Ass s Skin, although Balzac s philosophy was pseudo scientific than mystical and explicitly expos [...]

    P41R47
    I read this book hoping for a chilling and perverse supernatural horror God bless me for I found a new joy This book have nothing like horror, is in the vein of another Machen s book The Hill of Dreams While that book deals with the coming of ages of a would be writer, Lucian Taylor and his struggle to fit in a world full of idiosyncracies that he doesn t share, The Secret Glory , almost verbatim, tells the story of Ambrose Meyrick, a daydreaming boy who than once gets reprended by his abusive [...]

    Pieter Brouwer
    Zoals in veel werk van Machen zitten in deze roman originele idee n en een gevoel van typische Macheniaanse mystiek, maar ook veel slecht geschreven te lange stukken tekst die de plot vaak rommelig maken en waarin de journalistische stijl van Machen op een wat irritante manier naar voren komt.

    Bettie☯
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