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Armed with Madness (Penguin Modern Classics) Paperback – 7 Jun 2001

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Product details

  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd; New edition edition (7 Jun. 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0141186011
  • ISBN-13: 978-0141186016
  • Product Dimensions: 13 x 1.2 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,486,150 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Mary Butts (1890-1937) grew up in Dorset. She began to write in her mid-20s and portions of her first novel, ASHE OF RINGS, appeared in 1919 in THE LITTLE REVIEW. ARMED WITH MADNESS is generally reckoned to be her masterpiece. It was followed by a sequel, DEATH OF FELICITY TAVENER. Butts lived a life of spectacular abandon in Paris throughout the 1920s and thereafter in the southwest of England.


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A novel by the occultist Mary Butts. Set in country land near the sea, it seems to me to be written in surreal mode, with tensions created through the interplay of the male characters around the central though self-detached figure of Scylla Taverner. The book was considered as Mary Butts' masterpiece, and one of its main appeals seems to be in the depiction of life in the 1920s seen from an unusual and oblique angle. The novel might be described as one of subdued tensions. The characters are isolated from the outside world in their own backwater, which is occasionally visited by similarly isolated locals and outsider guests. The overall effect however is muted and restrained and it seems we might be reading a description of the impressions of the cool otherworld of Scylla Taverner's mind. I had expected something different, but even if this novel didn't appeal directly to me, it does reveal the sense of latency in the subconsciousness of society in the 1920s, when people were re-gathering their focus after the tribulations of the Great War.
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