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Jane Ellen Harrison (1850-1928) was the most famous female classicist of her day, and perhaps of any day. Mary Beard, a Cambridge don and author of the best Harrison biography now available, has even called her the first female “career academic.” She was also Hope Mirrlees’ tutor at Newnham College and later Mirrlees’ mentor, living [...]

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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 [...]

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The whispers and references to assumed knowledge that brought me to Lud-in-the-Mist in the first place were these: Jo Walton, on Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell: Susanna Clarke’s Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell is clearly written from an alternate universe where the great fantasy-defining genre-starting book of the twentieth century, after Dunsany, was not Tolkien’s [...]

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Madeleine begins with a quotation in French: Aux faiseurs ou faiseuses de Romans, l’histoire de ma vie et celle de ma mort. Le Testament de Clyante. “Le Testament de Clyante,” or “The Will of Clyante” is a piece in a 17th-century collection of poetry and prose called Recueil des pièces en prose,  published by Charles [...]

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In addition to the full text of Madeleine and the first chapter of Lud-in-the-Mist, this week also brings scans of the front cover and title page of Paris and the title page and last page of the first edition of Lud, all four scans courtesy of the very gracious H. Wessells. The thing that the [...]

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The Free State of Dorimare was a very small country, but, seeing that it was bounded on the south by the sea and on the north and east by mountains, while its centre consisted of a rich plain, watered by two rivers, a considerable variety of scenery and vegetation was to be found within its [...]

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It is a great pleasure to introduce the full text of Hope Mirrlees’ first novel, Madeleine: One of Love’s Jansenists, to the web. 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 [...]

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Paris: a Poem

…behind the ramparts of the Louvre Freud has dredged the river and, grinning horribly, waves his garbage in a glare of electricity, Taxis, Taxis, Taxis, They moan and yell and squeak Like a thousand tom-cats in rut. The whores like lions are seeking their meat from God : An English padre tilts with the Moulin [...]

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Hope Mirrlees wrote a novel that has influenced many of the best writers of modern fantastic and speculative fiction, and one long poem that rightfully stands alongside classic examples of Modernist and experimental poetry of the early 20th century. She also wrote quite a bit of other stuff, collaborated with the most famous female classicist [...]

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