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.
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Muir marbled endsheets,
signed by Michael Swanwick and Neil Gaiman,
signed by Charles Vess.
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The Extraordinary Career & Mysterious Life
Hope-in-the-Mist is the first book-length study
of British author HOPE MIRRLEES, whom Virginia Woolf described as “her
— capricious, exacting, exquisite, very learned, and beautifully dressed.”
Raised in Scotland and Zululand, Mirrlees studied with the great classical
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
(2007), a monograph on American author James Branch Cabell. His novels include
The Dragons of Babel and In The Drift, and his short story
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,
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 !