Odes to Light and Shadow:
The Novels of Arthur Machen
During a prolific publishing career lasting six decades, Arthur Machen left us only five novels, each sparkling and glistening as a jewel doused in dancing tongues of firelight. Crafted by hard labor, every Machen novel is an idiosyncratic stage in the author’s lifelong quest to bring forth a sense of ecstasy and wonder. Punctuated by long gaps, the story behind these stories tell of doubt and skill, as well as failure and triumph. In the following months, we’ll be exploring these often neglected works, each crucial to the understanding of Arthur Machen as a supreme stylist and artist.
Odyssey of the London Streets / The Anti-Occult Narrative of The Three Impostors (1895)
Dreamt in Fire / The Personal Odyssey of The Hill of Dreams (1907)
War on Earth / The Fall of Creation in The Terror (1917)
Worked in Clay / The Failure and Ecstasy of The Secret Glory (1922)
Return to the Mystic Tumulus / Periochoresis in The Green Round (1933)