"The unmarried most lovely, stable, unearthly, and unjustifiably forgotten novel of the 20 th century ... a bit golden miracle of a book."--Neal Gaiman wish Mirrlees penned "Lud-in-the-Mist"--a vintage myth, and her simply myth novel--in 1926. whilst the city of Lud severs its ties to a Faerie land, an unlawful alternate in fairy fruit develops. yet consuming the fruit has terrible and wondrous results. "Helen wish Mirrlees used to be born in England in 1887. Mirrlees was once a detailed pal of such literary lighting fixtures as Walter de los angeles Mare, T.S. Eliot, André Gide, Katharine Mansfield, woman Ottoline Morrell, Bertrand Russell, Gertrude Stein, Virginia Woolf, and William Butler Yeats. less than her personal identify, she released 3 novels: Madeleine -- one in all Life's Jansenists (1921); The Counterplot (1924); and her 1926 vintage delusion Lud-in-the-Mist, which has said concept to the likes of Neil Gaiman, Mary light, Elizabeth Hand, Johanna Russ, and Tim Powers."--SF website "Hope Mirrlees' writing, often underrated, strikes among lightly loopy humour, poetic snatches, actual threat, and genuine poignancy."--The Encyclopedia of myth
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