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The Secret Glory Hardcover – 1 Dec 1998

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  • Hardcover: 296 pages
  • Publisher: The Tartarus Press (1 Dec. 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1872621368
  • ISBN-13: 978-1872621364
  • Product Dimensions: 21.6 x 15.4 x 3.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 3,222,691 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Arthur Machen (3 March 1863 – 15 December 1947) was a Welsh author and mystic of the 1890s and early 20th century. He is best known for his influential supernatural, fantasy, and horror fiction. His novella "The Great God Pan" (1890; 1894) has garnered a reputation as a classic of horror (Stephen King has called it "Maybe the best [horror story] in the English language". He is also well known for his leading role in creating the legend of the Angels of Mons. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By David J. Hawkings on 20 Nov. 2011
Format: Paperback
"The Secret Glory" is one of the books which was an influence on the young John Betjeman and I wanted to read it for myself in the context of having read the biographies of JB by Hillier and Wilson.

The novel itself is pretty much as I expected - a curious mixture of public school bashing, Celtic mythology and Anglo-Catholicism. What I found puzzling is the edition itself. Published by Aegypan Press (for which there is scant information on the internet)the edition is not dated and is full of what appear to be errors of transcription from the original. The spelling is American (e.g."marvelous" and "check" for "cheque"). This is possibly understandable as the first (1922) edition was published in New York, but it still sits oddly in a book by a nineteenth century Welshman!

More puzzling are the obvious mistranscriptions: "The difference between Ionic and Done" - the last word should clearly be "Doric". "...and on this fish liar was nourished" . The context clearly requires "liar" to be the proper name "Ilar". Errors of this kind persist throughout and make reading the book an uncomfortable experience. The whole package has the feel of "vanity publishing" about it. It seems to have been produced from an original using character-recognition software which hasn't quite worked!!

Another major shortcoming is the fact that this edition lacks the author's preface and the final two chapters.

I would recommend the book to anyone with an interest in Betjeman or the more esoteric byways of religious beliefs. But I would urge them to seek out a more authoritative edition than this.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By cheekycherub64 on 25 July 2014
Format: Kindle Edition
I keep persevering with Machen and I find hiis books are usually better on reading a second or even third time. This book is just as strange and perplexing as his others but it was easier to get into with a far more coherent plot. I find his writing veers from hypnotic and quite beautiful to rambling nonsense but generally this isnt a bad read though the ending comes across as rushed and not thought out properly. One thing is certain Machen is definitely unique
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Quest for the Sagraal 7 April 2013
By David M Gregson - Published on
Format: Kindle Edition
It was an intriguing story, particularly the parts about Ambrose's mystical experiences. His character was finely drawn, and his intimations of reality behind and beyond the mundanities of common life, represented by the school where he was imprisoned, very attractive. However, I wish that the last two chapters, later excluded by the author's wish, had been included.
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text should have six chapters 2 Feb. 2014
By othoniaboys - Published on
Format: Paperback
One of Machen's finest works, but let the buyer beware that in the 1920s the early editions of this novel only had four chapters, and it wasn't until much later that Tartarus Press published the missing chapters five and six.
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