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The Human Chord Paperback – 12 Jan 2008


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  • Paperback: 200 pages
  • Publisher: House of Stratus; New edition edition (12 Jan. 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0755114620
  • ISBN-13: 978-0755114627
  • Product Dimensions: 13.5 x 1.3 x 20.5 cm
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  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 3,834,012 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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In his present novel Mr Blackwood reaches a height not previously attained; he touches on deeper problems, and is perhaps more arresting than he has ever been. -- The Guardian

The author has had, one may say, a stupendous idea, and he has carried it out with all the zeal and all the talent which is in him... It is a wonderful tale. -- Daily Telegraph --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

About the Author

Algernon Blackwood (1869-1951) was born into a well-to-do Kentish family. His parents, converts to a Calvinistic sect, led an austere life, ill-suited to their dreamy and sensitive son. During adolescence, he became fascinated by hypnotism and the supernatural and, on leaving university, studied Hindu philosophy and occultism. Later, he was to draw on these beliefs and experiences in his writing. Sent away to Canada at the age of twenty, his attempts at making a living were wholly unsuccessful and shortly after his return to England, he began to write. The Empty House and Other Ghost Stories, published in 1906, was followed by a series of psychic detective stories, featuring John Silence, 'physician extraordinary'. His reputation as one of the greatest exponents of supernatural fiction began to grow. Chiefly known for his ghost stories, Blackwood wrote in many different forms within the genre. His most personal works, however, are his 'mystical' novels, for example The Centaur, where he explores man's empathy with the forces of the universe. Blackwood also wrote children's fiction. A Prisoner in Fairyland was adapted into the play (later the musical), Starlight Express. Later in life, Blackwood turned to writing radio plays, and in 1947 he began a new career on BBC TV telling ghost stories. He received a knighthood in 1949.

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