The Life of Arthur Machen by John Gawsworth

The Life of Arthur Machen by John Gawsworth newly listed for sale on the fantastic BookLovers of Bath web site!

Published: Tartarus Press for the Friends of Arthur Machen in association with Reino de Redonda, 2005, Hardback in dust wrapper.

Review copy with the letter from the publisher laid in. Illustrated by way of: Black and White Photographs;

From the cover: In the 1930s Arthur Machen was approaching the end of his long literary odyssey when the poet John Gawsworth cast himself as his Boswell. Gawsworth industriously recorded details of his mentors life and work, helping establish the foundations of Machen scholarship. Seventy years on, this major biography, containing a wealth of detail that will be unfamiliar to the most devoted Macheniac, is published for the first time.

Gawsworth vividly charts the story of the flower-tunicked priest of nightmare, from Machens idyllic childhood amid the beauties of Monmouthshire, through the lonely, poverty-stricken years in London that later inspired those lyrical masterpieces The Hill of Dreams and Far Off Things. Machens joyous days as a strolling player are contrasted with his troubled time as the star reporter on the London Evening News, as he watched in astonishment as his minor tale The Bowmen blossomed into the enduring wartime legend of the Angels of Mons. Then, in the 1920s, Machen was transformed into a cult figure in the United States and acclaimed as an artistic genius by authors such as Vincent Starrett, James Branch Cabell and Ben Hecht.

The Friends of Arthur Machen, the Reino de Redonda imprint and Tartarus Press have united to bring this important book to the growing hosts of Machen readers.

Gawsworth himself fell on hard times later in life, and in his Introduction Barry Humphries, who knew him in the 1960s, reflects on the ageing poets sad decline into alcoholism and penury, when all he had to sustain him were his memories of past glories.

Introduction by: Barry Humphries

Very Good in Very Good Dust Wrapper. Gently bruised at the head of the spine and the top corners of the boards with commensurate wear to the dust wrapper. Text complete, clean and tight.

Brown boards with Gilt titling to the Spine & Upper Board. [XXV] 194 pages. 9½” x 6¼”.

Of course, if you don’t like this one, may I tempt with you something from here?


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