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1. David Lindsay (Starmont Reader's
 
2. The Haunted Man: The Strange Genius
 
3. The Life and Works of David Lindsay
 
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1. David Lindsay (Starmont Reader's Guide ; 9)
by Gary K. Wolfe
Paperback: 68 Pages (2007-09-30)
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Asin: 0916732266
Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
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Gary K. Wolfe examines the life and work of British author David Lindsay, most famous for his novels "A Voyage to Arcturus," "The Haunted Woman," and "The Devil's Tor." Starmont Reader's Guide 9. ... Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars An excellent precis of Lindsay's life and work
This small book is ideal for anyone who has read A Voyage to Arcturus, and who is intrigued and haunted, but confused.Wolfe explains many of Lindsay's motives (as far as anyone can know them), and gives concisesummaries of Lindsay's other books.Personally, I have read Arcturus, TheHaunted Woman, Sphinx, and The Violet Apple, and Lindsay's vision continuesto mesmerise me, despite the clumsiness of his writing. ... Read more


2. The Haunted Man: The Strange Genius of David Lindsay (Popular Writers of Today ; V. 20)
by Colin Wilson
 Hardcover: 63 Pages (1979-06)
list price: US$23.00
Isbn: 0893701289
Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
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4-0 out of 5 stars Brief but fascinating exploration of the works of one of the great neglected SF writers
An absolutely essential primer for those few individuals who have encountered, or are interested in the work of David Lindsay, the great writer/mystic behind "A Voyage to Arcturus" (1920) and other even more obscure works of philosophy and fantasy.Wilson describes his own difficulties in reading Lindsay (1876-1945) the difficulties that he (and probably anyone) will find with the author's sometimes-torturous language, and a short thesis on Lindsay's philosophy -- the heart of what his novels are about -- and its relationship to earlier European philosophers, particularly Nietzsche. I particularly like Wilson's division of writers over the past century into "high flyers" (those concerned with a world beyond our own - which include not just Lindsay but also figures such as Peake, Lawrence, Kafka and Dostoevsky) and "low flyers" (those concerned very much with the mundane nature of man - Joyce and Hemingway for instance).

Note that the largest chunk of space is devoted to "Arcturus" which is the most written-about of Lindsay's works (but still not much studied or talked about to begin with), with significantly less space devoted to the later works: "The Haunted Woman" (1922), "Sphinx" (1923), "The Adventures of M. d. Mailly" (1926 - barely mentioned as it's a potboiler of little interest to those interested in Lindsay's philosophy), "Devil's Tor" (1932) and the posthumous "Violet Apple" and "The Witch" (1976).The book only runs 60 pages total, so there's no space for really in-depth discussion let alone anything like textural analysis.

A terrific intro both to Lindsay and to Wilson as a critic, this small paperback also appears as part of an anthology on Lindsay with longer pieces by JB Pick and EH Visiak that, like this little volume, is sadly long out of print and nearly impossible to find.My copy of this book is the Borgo Press paperback dated 1979, which ought to be findable with some patience, these Borgo paperbacks (I have one on H.P. Lovecraft by Darrel Schweitzer also) do turn up from time to time. ... Read more


3. The Life and Works of David Lindsay
by Bernard Sellin
 Hardcover: 284 Pages (1981-06-30)
list price: US$44.50
Isbn: 0521227682
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David Lindsay was a writer of fantasy fiction who died in 1945. He belongs to the tradition of modern fantasy, as distinct from science-fiction, which has its roots in the writings of, amongst others, George Macdonald, and has been maintained in the work of Charles Williams, Mervyn Peake and J. R. R. Tolkien. Lindsay took up a writing career rather late in life, however his name was known within literary circles and two eminent writers expressed their admiration for his work: L. H. Myers and C. S. Lewis. Indeed, Lewis wrote that Lindsay's most famous book, A Voyage to Arcturus, had exerted a strong influence on his own work. Interest in Lindsay has been growing steadily, and in this book, Bernard Sellin has written a comprehensive survey of Lindsay's life and work, analysing the thematic patterns of Lindsay's settings, plots and characters. It will be read with profit by all those who are interested both in Lindsay and in the genre of fantasy literature. ... Read more


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