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The Hill of Dreams

by

Arthur Machen

 

In Far Off Things (1922), Arthur Machen asked whether it was possible '. . . to invent a story which would recreate those vague impressions of wonder and awe and mystery that I myself had received from the form and shape of the land of my boyhood and youth . . . Could one describe hills and valleys, woods and rivers, sunrise and sunset, buried temples and mouldering Roman walls so that a story could be suggested to the reader? Not, of course, a story of material incidents, not a story with a plot in the ordinary sense of the term, but an interior tale of the soul and its emotions; could such a tale be suggested in the way I have indicated?'

 

However, the book had already been written. The Hill of Dreams had been published in 1907, and has been lauded by writers as diverse as H.P. Lovecraft and Henry Miller.

 

Reviews

'Any new edition of Machen's finest creation is cause for celebration, but when the production is as sumptuous as this, with marbled endpapers, burgundy boards, silk ribbon and cream coloured paper, then it's a doubly welcome addition to the Machen shelf. Ninety one years after the debut of The Hill of Dreams it's delightful to have all three of Sidney Sime's illustrations . . .' Roger Dobson, Avallaunius

'Charming, even old fashioned...' Hellnotes

'Released by Tartarus Press in time for its centenary next year, this, the most accomplished novel of the field's greatest dreamer, looks as exotic as its story reads.' William Simmons, Infinityplus

 

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