Published 10 July 2009
in Upper Montclair, New Jersey, & Burlington, Massachusetts.


The Extraordinary Career &
Mysterious Life of Hope Mirrlees

by Michael Swanwick

Preface by Neil Gaiman

Original frontispiece illustration by Charles Vess

6 x 9 inches, xii+100 pp. Illustrated.

30 copies, hand bound in Asahi book cloth with Ann Muir marbled endsheets,
signed by Michael Swanwick and Neil Gaiman, and with the frontispiece
signed by Charles Vess.
Five copies lettered A - E, hand bound in iridescent ripe plum silk
(with chartreuse cloth covered slipcase), for presentation.
Subscribers issue, 25 numbered copies hand bound (chartreuse cloth).
Fully subscribed upon publication. All copies delivered to subscribers.

Trade issue, 200 copies in paper covers.
ISBN : 0-976-4660-5-8 / ISBN 13 : 978-0-976-4660-5-5
Sold out. As of 18 December all copies have been distributed to readers
throughout north America and western Europe, as well as Australia and
South Africa.

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The Extraordinary Career & Mysterious Life
Hope Mirrlees

Michael Swanwick

Hope-in-the-Mist  is the first book-length study of British author HOPE MIRRLEES, whom Virginia Woolf described as “her own heroine — capricious, exacting, exquisite, very learned, and beautifully dressed.” Raised in Scotland and Zululand, Mirrlees studied with the great classical scholar Jane Harrison and later lived with her in Paris and London. Mirrlees wrote one major poem, Paris (1920), the missing link between French avant-garde poetry and her friend T. S. Eliot’s The Waste Land (1922) ; her novel Lud-in-the-Mist is an acknowledged classic of fantastical literature. An earlier version of Hope-in-the-Mist  was published in the journal Foundation  in 2003. Photograph of the author (detail above) courtesy of M.C. Porter.

Michael Swanwick is author of What Can Be Saved from the Wreckage ? (2007), a monograph on American author James Branch Cabell. His novels include The Dragons of Babel and In The Drift, and his short story collections include Gravity’s Angels and The Dog Said Bow-Wow. He is at work on a novel featuring his characters Darger and Surplus.

Neil Gaiman is the Wild Man of Wisconsin. His novels include Stardust (illustrated by Charles Vess), Coraline, and American Gods.

Charles Vess is an acclaimed artist with lifelong ties to fantastical literature. One of his latest projects is a nine-foot tall bronze statue of Titania.

Hope-in-the-Mist  was published 10 July 2009 at Readercon in Burlington, Massachusetts, where the author interviewed Hope Mirrlees (recording to come). Temporary Culture also exhibited at World Fantasy Convention in San José, California, 30-31 October 2009.

Hope-in-the-Mist  includes “ A Lexicon of Lud ” prepared by Michael Swanwick (published in shorter form in The New York Review of Science Fiction  in July 2005).

In March 2010, Hope-in-the-Mist  was nominated for the Hugo award for best related work. Temporary Culture congratulates the author !

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