The Great God Pan and the Hill of Dreams

The Great God Pan and the Hill of Dreams

It is necessary to come down from the high and shining and remote peaks to the homely hillocks, in other words to explain how I came to write “The Great God Pan.” I found out, long years afterwards, how it was done, how my effects were ...

Author: Arthur Machen

Publisher: Courier Corporation

ISBN: 9780486443454

Category: Fiction

Page: 242

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"Of creators of cosmic fear raised to its most artistic pitch, few can hope to equal Arthur Machen."--H. P. Lovecraft Arthur Machen (1863-1947), Welsh novelist and essayist, is considered one of the most important and influential writers of his time. While displaying a preoccupation with pagan themes and matters of the occult (an interest he shared with his close friend, the distinguished scholar A. E. Waite), his writing transcends the genre of supernatural horror. Oscar Wilde, W. B. Yeats, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, as well as Paul Bowles and Jorge Luis Borges are just a few of the literary notables who are counted among his admirers. Machen is also a key figure in the development of pulp magazine fiction (e.g, Weird Tales), a line of ancestry that leads directly to today's popular graphic novels. Further, Machen's name often crops up in the writings of theorists and practitioners of psychogeography, a school of thought and literature which explores the hidden links between the landscape and the mind. In The Great God Pan, Arthur Machen delivers a tense atmospheric story about a string of mysterious suicides. With its suggestive visions of decadent sexuality, the work scandalized Victorian London. Lyrical and introspective, The Hill of Dreams established Machen as one of the great prose masters of the language. As a penetrating portrayal of the accursed artist, redolent with soulful longing and genteel decay, it ranks as a landmark work in English literature.
Categories: Fiction

The Great God Pan and the Hill of Dreams

The Great God Pan and the Hill of Dreams

An unabridged edition of the two classics: The Great God Pan and The Hill of Dreams, with footnotes

Author: Arthur Machen

Publisher: Watchmaker Pub

ISBN: 1603863567

Category: Fiction

Page: 212

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An unabridged edition of the two classics: The Great God Pan and The Hill of Dreams, with footnotes
Categories: Fiction

Welsh Gothic

Welsh Gothic

The Great God Pan and The Hill of Dreams (Mineola, NY: Dover Publications, 2006), p. 83. Ibid., pp. 85–6. Ibid., pp. 109, 112. Ibid., p. 113. See Kirsti Bohata, Postcolonialism Revisited (Cardiff: University of Wales Press, 2004), p.

Author: Jane Aaron

Publisher: University of Wales Press

ISBN: 9780708326091

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 260

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Welsh Gothic, the first study of its kind, introduces readers to the array of Welsh Gothic literature published from 1780 to the present day. Informed by postcolonial and psychoanalytic theory, it argues that many of the fears encoded in Welsh Gothic writing are specific to the history of Welsh people, telling us much about the changing ways in which Welsh people have historically seen themselves and been perceived by others. The first part of the book explores Welsh Gothic writing from its beginnings in the last decades of the eighteenth century to 1997. The second part focuses on figures specific to the Welsh Gothic genre who enter literature from folk lore and local superstition, such as the sin-eater, cŵn Annwn (hellhounds), dark druids and Welsh witches.
Categories: Literary Criticism

The Great God Pan and Other Horror Stories

The Great God Pan and Other Horror Stories

And when the demonic Helen Vaughan in 'Pan' kills herself, her body undergoes a grotesque recapitulation of forms, but it is one which ... the Hill of Dreams (Mineola, NY, 2006), 8; D. P. M. Michael, Arthur Machen (Cardiff, 1971), 11.

Author: Arthur Machen

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 9780192549570

Category: Fiction

Page: 448

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Something pushed out from the body there on the floor, and stretched forth a slimy, wavering tentacle... Perhaps no figure better embodies the transition from the Gothic tradition to modern horror than Arthur Machen. In the final decade of the nineteenth century, the Welsh writer produced a seminal body of tales of occult horror, spiritual and physical corruption, and malignant survivals from the primeval past which horrified and scandalised-late-Victorian readers. Machen's 'weird fiction' has influenced generations of storytellers, from H. P. Lovecraft to Guillermo Del Toro-and it remains no less unsettling today. This new collection, which includes the complete novel The Three Impostors as well as such celebrated tales as The Great God Pan and The White People, constitutes the most comprehensive critical edition of Machen yet to appear. In addition to the core late-Victorian horror classics, a selection of lesser-known prose poems and later tales helps to present a fuller picture of the development of Machen's weird vision. The edition's introduction and notes contextualise the life and work of this foundational figure in the history of horror.
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Street Urchins Sociopaths and Degenerates

Street Urchins  Sociopaths and Degenerates

85 Machen, The Great God Pan and The Hill of Dreams, p. 26. 86 Ibid., p. 54. 87 Stevenson, Strange Case, p. 28. 88 Ibid., p. 18. 89 Wells, The Time Machine and The Invisible Man, pp. 118, 223 and 224. 90 Machen, The Great God Pan and ...

Author: David Floyd

Publisher: University of Wales Press

ISBN: 9781783160112

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 264

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From the notable emergence of orphan figures in late eighteenth-century literature, through early- and middle-period Victorian fiction and, as this book argues, well into the fin de siecle, this potent literary type is remarkable for its consistent recurrence and its metamorphosis as a register of cultural conditions. The striking ubiquity of orphans in the literature of these periods encourages inquiry into their metaphoric implications and the manner in which they function as barometers of burgeoning social concerns. The overwhelming majority of criticism focusing on orphans centres particularly on the form as an early- to middle-century convention, primarily found in social and domestic works; in effect, the non-traditional, aberrant, at times Gothic orphan of the fin de siecle has been largely overlooked, if not denied outright. This oversight has given rise to the need for a study of this potent cultural figure as it pertains to preoccupations characteristic of more recent instances. This book examines the noticeable difference between orphans of genre fiction of the fin de siecle and their predecessors in works including first-wave Gothic and the majority of Victorian fiction, and the variance of their symbolic references and cultural implications.
Categories: Literary Criticism

Weird Fiction in Britain 1880 1939

Weird Fiction in Britain 1880   1939

... Great God Pan' and The Hill of Dreams (2006), the Library of Wales editions of The Great God Pan (2010, a collection) and The Hill of Dreams (2010), and the Penguin Classics collection The White People and Other Weird Stories ...

Author: James Machin

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 9783319905273

Category: Social Science

Page: 259

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This book is the first study of how ‘weird fiction’ emerged from Victorian supernatural literature, abandoning the more conventional Gothic horrors of the past for the contemporary weird tale. It investigates the careers and fiction of a range of the British writers who inspired H. P. Lovecraft, such as Arthur Machen, M. P. Shiel, and John Buchan, to shed light on the tensions between ‘literary’ and ‘genre’ fiction that continue to this day. Weird Fiction in Britain 1880–1939 focuses on the key literary and cultural contexts of weird fiction of the period, including Decadence, paganism, and the occult, and discusses how these later impacted on the seminal American pulp magazine Weird Tales. This ground-breaking book will appeal to scholars of weird, horror and Gothic fiction, genre studies, Decadence, popular fiction, the occult, and Fin-de-Siècle cultural history.
Categories: Social Science

Victorian Cultures of Liminality

Victorian Cultures of Liminality

Arthur Machen, The Hill of Dreams. Tartarus Press, 1998. Machen, 'The Great God Pan', 186. Valentine, Arthur Machen, 25; Claveria, 'The Great God Pan/Brown', 213. 18 19 20 of the novel takes place some twenty-five years later, ...

Author: Amina Alyal

Publisher: Cambridge Scholars Publishing

ISBN: 9781527515628

Category: Art

Page: 246

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This volume is unique in its focus on cross-fertilisation in the arts, on very specific exploration of liminal spaces, and on the representation of marginal figures in writing. The essays here grew out of the Borders and Margins colloquium, held at Leeds Trinity University, UK, in April 2010, which was the fourth in a series of colloquia. This collection, moreover, contributes to a growing area of scholarship which explores Anglo-French interactions and exchanges. In choosing the term “liminality”, the editors are aware of its nuanced implications, allowing suggestions both of the initial and the transitional. The contributors here are academics from the fields of literature, history and art history, and their essays cover art history, literature, cultural history, the arts, and faith. Altogether, this collection evokes a sense of temporal shift, in that changes in values and focus are uncovered as the nineteenth century progresses. Some have an ekphrastic quality, showing how pictures can have a narrative, and how pictures, as well as texts, can be encoded with moral and social interpretations. Close scrutiny is applied to different kinds of texts, fiction and non-fiction, and the purposes for which they were produced. This book will appeal to scholars and academics interested in a wide range of cross-categorisational transactions in nineteenth-century Britain. It will be of interest to scholars of Victorian culture, and English nineteenth-century literature and art, particularly in terms of genre, as well as to academics interested in the development of social, personal, and national identities.
Categories: Art

Popular Literature Authorship and the Occult in Late Victorian Britain

Popular Literature  Authorship and the Occult in Late Victorian Britain

He had published The Great God Pan in 1894. By his own admission it was savaged by reviewers ... 2 Machen, “Introduction to The Hill of Dreams,” in The Great God Pan and The Hill of Dreams (Mineolo, NY: Dover Publications, 2006), 67–68.

Author: Andrew McCann

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 9781107064423

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 211

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A study of the representation of the occult in late-Victorian popular fiction, exploring different perceptions of authorship and creativity.
Categories: Literary Criticism

Sex Sects and Society

Sex  Sects and Society

rippers... pass by the window, going God knows where or why, in a dream up and down the hill.' The undoubted master of the gothic and the ghoulish in Wales was Arthur Machen (1863–1947). In The Great God Pan (1894) and The Hill of ...

Author: Russell Davies

Publisher: University of Wales Press

ISBN: 9781786832153

Category: History

Page: 448

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In an extended account of national identity, this companion volume to People, Places and Passions provides the first detailed study of the sexual and spiritual life of Wales in the period 1870–1945. The author argues that whilst Wales and its people experienced a disenchantment of the spiritual world, a revolution in sexual life was taking place. This innovative study examines how advances in life expectancy and improvements in health were reflected in emotional life. In contrast to the traditional emphasis upon hardship and hardscrabble experiences, this fascinating and beautifully written volume shows that the Welsh were also a free and fun-loving people.
Categories: History

Decadent and Occult Works by Arthur Machen

Decadent and Occult Works by Arthur Machen

The Great God Pan and The Hill of Dreams are at the heart of this collection, offering particularly complex arrangements of Machen's style, aesthetics, and worldview during his most Decadent period of writing.

Author: Dennis Denisoff

Publisher: MHRA

ISBN: 9781781882177

Category: Fiction

Page: 353

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Arthur Machen has finally been recognized as a key contributor to the glittering age of British Decadence. Best known for the novella The Great God Pan and for his formative influence on weird fiction, in fact much of Machen’s writing profoundly challenges literary and cultural convention. From the demonic horror of “The Recluse of Bayswater” to the plush occultism of The Hill of Dreams and the prose poems of Ornaments in Jade, this selection of works from throughout Machen’s career brings to life his unique symbolist aesthetics and spiritual philosophy. This is the first edition of Machen’s work to foreground his Decadent and occult writing. It includes a scholarly introduction, extensive annotations, and revealing contextual materials. Engaging with the gems of Machen’s oeuvre, the collection invites readers to open their minds to a reality beyond the veil, the reality – in Machen’s view – that matters most.
Categories: Fiction