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    Hope Mirrlees(Author)

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"The single most beautiful, solid, unearthly, and unjustifiably forgotten novel of the twentieth century ... a little golden miracle of a book."--Neal Gaiman

Hope Mirrlees penned Lud-in-the-Mist--a classic fantasy novel--in 1926. When the town of Lud severs its ties to a Faerie land, an illegal trade in fairy fruit develops. But eating the fruit has horrible and wondrous effects.

"Helen Hope Mirrlees was born in England in 1887. Mirrlees was a close friend of such literary lights as Walter de la Mare, T.S. Eliot, Andre Gide, Katharine Mansfield, Lady Ottoline Morrell, Bertrand Russell, Gertrude Stein, Virginia Woolf, and William Butler Yeats. Under her own name, she published three novels: Madeleine -- One of Life's Jansenists (1921); The Counterplot (1924); and her 1926 classic fantasy Lud-in-the-Mist, which has acknowledged inspiration to the likes of Neil Gaiman, Mary Gentle, Elizabeth Hand, Johanna Russ, and Tim Powers."--SF Site

"Hope Mirrlees' writing, usually underrated, moves between gently crazy humour, poetic snatches, real menace, and real poignancy."--The Encyclopedia of Fantasy

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  • PDF | 232 pages
  • Hope Mirrlees(Author)
  • White Ivy Press (7 Aug. 2013)
  • English
  • 7
  • Science Fiction & Fantasy

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  • By laura on 24 April 2017

    A beautiful, evocative fairytale. Has not dated at all, and much better than a lot of modern fantasy. I feel like I visited another place and time.

  • By D on 6 February 2017

    a tender crooked honey sweet tale of apple blossom poesy and sparkly faerie dust... well worth poking you nose into x

  • By Ian Brawn on 11 June 2016

    Dorimare is troubled by its border with Fairyland, which is a land of delusion and the dead, but also of the sublime and the tragic. There has been no traffic with Fairyland for generations, but....This is a charming book. It's inventive, humorous, and the prose sparkles as if written by a wistful Raymond Chandler (with a better command of grammar), if such a thing can be conceived.It's not perfect. There is a limited sense of jeopardy and the climax leaves the deep mystery of Fairyland unexplored. Perhaps this is unavoidable, given the metaphors that are set up, but I would have been disappointed had I not expected such a manoeuvre. We do at least get a peak over the border to the strange and the wild.The real joy here, though, is the magic that is revealed in the superficially prosaic land of Dorimare: the inner lives of the apparently staid; the wonder at the heart of the commonplace.


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