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Tuesday, 10 February 2015


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Lory @ Emerald City Book Review

I love Lud-in-the-Mist and this was very enlightening about Mirrlees. Can't wait for the next in the series.


You do this sort of post so brilliantly, Helen. I had never heard of Hope Mirrlees, and now I'd love to read something by her. In case you're interested, there's a very brief history of Jane Harrison in The Dons by Noel Annan. I hadn't thought of her for years until I read your post.


Thank you Lory, that's very kind! I hope the next post lives up to expectations! Mirrlees did lead an interesting life, I could have bored on a lot longer, and Sandeep Parmar's biography in the introduction to the Collected Poems is fascinating.

And thank you litlove! I should like to read that. I hadn't given Harrison a thought as anything other than a footnote to 'A Room of One's Own', which is quite outrageously unfair.

Jenny @ Reading the End

To match her stockings to the wreaths in her hair! Oh dear, she sounds like a sort of advanced version of Elfine Starkadder. I read and loved Lud-in-the-Mist on Neil Gaiman's say-so a few years ago (you can really see its DNA in his book Stardust), but haven't tried anything else by her. I could be into trying her modernist masterpiece poem! (she said optimistically)


Ha, Jenny! I was writing a comment on one of your posts at EXACTLY the time you were writing this (but more slowly, because a cat is sleeping on my right hand).

'an advanced version of Elfine Starkadder' is hilarious and perfect!

I agree about 'Stardust'... Have you read 'The Kingdoms of Elfin' by Sylvia Townsend Warner? Darker, but related.

Faye @ Literasaurus

This is such an interesting read. And as someone who hadn't heard of Mirrlees before, I'm wondering how I missed her. She sounds brilliant! I think I know what I'll be adding to my TBR list and I'm off to read your post on Lud-in-the-Mist.


Hello Faye! Thanks for your comment. :) I'm glad you think you might read her; I hope you enjoy the experience!

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