Madeleine is almost impossible to acquire as a physical book unless you have access to one of the handful of libraries worldwide that hold a copy. The publication of this copy rests entirely on the labors of Ide Cyan, who spent countless hours scanning a library copy, running it through OCR, and correcting the text, then marking up the text. She has my sincere gratitude for all the work, and for allowing the result to be published here with my markup alterations.
Most of the few living humans who’ve read it have done so because they loved Mirrlees’ most famous novel, Lud-in-the-Mist, and Madeleine is a very different sort of book, so its reputation has remained dim. Having read it through a couple of times, I’ve found many points that connect up with Lud in surprising ways, but Madeleine is also an interesting text in its own right. Over the next few weeks, I’ll be posting some of my own thoughts, and now that the text is out in the wild, I hope to see some of yours as well.