Hope Mirrlees’ two most visible and prolific living champions, Michael Swanwick and Neil Gaiman, have very graciously sent their readers this way last night and this morning.
Mr. Swanwick has written a short biography of Mirrlees, Hope-in-the-Mist, that collects more information about her than any other public source to date and which includes an extended version of his wonderful “Lexicon of Lud,” a great introduction by Neil Gaiman, and an extraordinary frontispiece by Charles Vess. Its print run has sold out, alas, but it can currently be got used from a few booksellers online. He’s also written a series of blog entries on Mirrlees and her work, and his Mirrlees biography was preceded by a couple of shorter biographical essays as well.
Mr. Gaiman has written a wonderful introduction to Lud-in-the-Mist (and another to Hope-in-the-Mist) as well as posting a handful of journal entries mentioning her work. I get the sense that his steady references to Mirrlees over the years are the single biggest contributor to the relative popularity in the last decade or so of Lud-in-the-Mist, which is finally reaching a wider readership. I’m more grateful for his advocacy of Mirrlees and her work than I can say.
My thanks to both men!