Hieroglyphics: A Note Upon Ecstasy In Literature [Arthur Machen] on Amazon. com. *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. This scarce antiquarian book is a. Donor challenge: Your generous donation will be matched 2-to-1 right now. Your $5 becomes $15! Dear Internet Archive Supporter,. I ask only once a year. Hieroglyphics: A Note Upon Ecstasy in Literature is book on literary analysis (or a if one wishes to be technical) by Welsh fantasy/horror writer Arthur Machen.

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Carrie Gorda rated it it was amazing Jul 04, Aleister Crowley loved Machen’s works, feeling they contained “Magickal” truth, and put them on the reading list for his students, though Machen, who never met him, detested Crowley. Unlike many of his contemporaries, such as Oscar Wilde and Alfred Douglas, his disapproval of the Reformation and his admiration for the medieval world and its Roman Catholic ritualism did not fully tempt him away from Anglicanism —though he never fitted comfortably into hieroglyphlcs Victorian Anglo-Catholic world.

Kessinger Publishing is the place to find hundreds of thousands of rare and hard-to-find books with something of interest for everyone. He is best known for his influential supernatural, fantasy, and horror fiction. Machen’s later works became somewhat less obviously full of gothic trappings, but for him investigations into mysteries invariably resulted in life-changing transformation and sacrifice.

Definitely worth reading for Mach This is one of Machens more challenging reads, mostly because it has aged so dreadfully. Machen’s story was widely denounced for its sexual and horrific content and subsequently sold well, going into a second edition.

Whilst it offers some interesting and very useful advice in places, it none the less relies on the reader having a classical education circa His strange wanderings in Wales and London recorded in his beautiful prose make him of great interest to writers on this subject, especially those focusing on London, such as Iain Sinclair and Peter Ackroyd. Retrieved 11 November But I confess that the atmosphere which to me seems all the wild weather and the wild legend of the north suggested by those phrases “a thick white cloud,” and “a wind that’s piercing cold,” is in my judgment wholly marvellous.


Jazmin marked it as to-read Dec 29, By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. Similarly, some of his propagandistic First World War stories also have little appeal to a modern audience.

In February his son Hilary was born, followed by a daughter Janet in Other occultists, such as Kenneth Grantalso find Machen an inspiration. Could have been a lot more forward-thinking, however, and he misses the point completely when he tries to defend religion and art in the same breath. Machen was well read on such matters as alchemythe kabbalahand Hermeticismand these occult interests formed part of his close friendship with A. Machen, however, was always very down to earth, requiring substantial proof that a supernatural event had occurred, and was thus highly sceptical of Spiritualism.

He clearly loves the mystical, rather than the rational, and only goes off the rails a little at the end when he asserts that all fine literature must, consciously or otherwise, embody Catholic dogmas. Sam rated it liked it Jul 02, Likewise, Current 93 have drawn on the mystical and hiwroglyphics leanings of Machen, with songs such as “The Inmost Light”, which shares its title with Machen’s story.


His gothic and decadent works of the s concluded that the lifting of this veil could lead to madness, sex, or death, and usually a combination of all three. There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Alan Moore wrote an exploration of Machen’s mystical experiences in his work Snakes and Ladders.

Fascinating mystical and artistic creed and a good-natured marvel of circumlocution.

Hieroglyphics by Arthur Machen

It is, by the way, bound to be misunderstood in spite of its honest attempt to avoid such misunderstandings and to, as clearly as is possible, state his purpose. In he published his second work, the hierogltphics The Anatomy of Tobaccoand secured work with hieeoglyphics publisher and bookseller George Redway as a cataloguer and magazine editor. Weird Fiction Writers and the Golden Dawn”. Paperbackpages. In the sixties, a paperback reprint in the Ballantine Adult Fantasy series brought him to the notice of a new generation.


Lee Vincent marked it as to-read Oct 24, Faunuswhich reprints rare Machen articles and criticism of his work, and Machenalia.

The coming of war in saw Machen return to public prominence for the first time in twenty years due to the publication of “The Bowmen” and the subsequent publicity surrounding the ” Angels macjen Mons ” episode.

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This led in to a second marriage, to Dorothie Purefoy Hudleston, which brought Machen much happiness. Here Machen vaguely details how he separates high literature from mere reading material, and whilst such an essay may sound haughty and pretentious, it makes more sense when you realise he isn’t making a Fascinating mystical and artistic creed and a good-natured marvel of circumlocution.

A few more collections of Machen’s shorter works were published in the thirties, partially as a result of the championing of Machen by John Gawsworthwho also began work on a biography of Machen that was only published in thanks to the Friends of Arthur Machen. Nouf M added it Aug 11, Dog marked it as to-read Jun 20, Interessant essay in monoloogvorm over de ziel van ‘echte’ literatuur. Howard, Bran Mak Morn: Nicola Briggi is currently reading it Nov 20,