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The author of the book: Marcel Schwob
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Edition: Tartarus Press
Date of issue: March 19th 2012
ISBN 13: 9781905784462
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Sewn signatures, printed on 110gsm acid-free paper, and bound by Antony Rowe in burgundy cloth stamped in gilt, with a silk ribbon marker and head and tailbands. 300 copies.
Revered in the French-speaking world, Marcel Schwob (1867-1905) deserves to be much better known among English-speaking aficionados of Decadent fiction. This new collection of fifty-one stories, including eight newly-translated pieces, aims to address that discrepancy. It brings back into print Iain White’s poetic translations of Schwob’s better-known tales, such as the title story ‘The King in the Golden Mask’, and adds newly-translated gems such as the astonishingly beautiful and haunting ‘The Wooden Star’.
Schwob was a one-off, but he was greatly influenced by English and American writers. He discovered Edgar Allan Poe whilst still a child, and he translated Robert Louis Stevenson’s The Dynamiter into French. He crammed a great variety of literary endeavour into his all-too-short life, and was much admired by contemporaries such as Paul Valéry and Guillaume Apollinaire.
The King in the Golden Mask contains:
From Cœur double: 'The Strigae', 'The Sabot', 'Train 081', 'Arachné', 'The Veiled Man', 'Beatrice', 'Lilith', 'A Skeleton', 'The Fat Man', 'The Dom', 'The Amber-trader', 'Mérigot Marchès', 'The "Papier Rouge" ', 'The Firebrands'.
From Le Roi au masque d’or: 'The King in the Golden Mask', 'The Death of Odjigh', 'The Embalming-women', 'The Plague', 'The Milesian Virgins', 'The Sabbat at Mofflaines', 'Blanche the Bloody', 'The Flute', 'The Sleeping City'.
From Vies imaginaires: 'Introduction', 'Empedocles, Reputed God', 'Herostratos, Incendiary', 'Crates, Cynic', 'Septima, Enchantress', 'Lucretius, Poet', 'Clodia, Shameless Matron', 'Petronius, Novelist', 'Sufrah, Geomancer', 'Frate Dolcino, Heretic', 'Cecco Angiolieri, Malevolent Poet', 'Paolo Uccello, Painter', 'Nicholas Oyseleur, Judge', 'Katherine la Dentellière, Whore', 'Alain le Gentil, Soldier', 'Gabriel Spenser, Actor', 'Cyril Tourneur, Tragic Poet', 'Major Stede Bonnet, Pirate by Vagary', 'Burke and Hare, Murderers'.
La croisade des enfants: 'The Goliard’s Narrative', 'The Leper’s Narrative', 'The Narrative of Pope Innocent III', 'Narrative of Three Little Children', 'Narrative of François Longuejoue, Clerk', 'The Kalandar’s Narrative', 'Little Allys’ Narrative', 'The Narrative of Pope Gregory IX'.
'The Wooden Star'
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Read information about the authorMarcel Schwob (1867-1905) was one of the key symbolist writers, standing in French literature alongside such names as Stephane Mallarme, Octave Mirbeau, Andre Gide, Leon Bloy, Jules Renard, Remy de Gourmont, and Alfred Jarry. His best-known works are Double Heart (1891), The King In The Gold Mask (1892), and Imaginary Lives (1896).
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