THE SAINT AND THE OUTLAW AND OTHER STORIES. By Michael Wood [pseudonym]. London: Theosophical Publishing Society ... New York: John Lane, 1904. Octavo, pp. [1-7] 8-236 [237-240: ads] [note: last ad leaf is a cancel headed "ELEMENTARY BOOKS ON THEOSOPHY"] original pictorial green cloth, front and spine panels stamped in white and black, all edges trimmed. First edition, variant binding. "Collection of thirteen supernatural tales with a dreamy, mystical atmosphere that places them near, if not in, the Celtic Twilight: the style is less vaporous than Fiona Macleod's, though not as vigorous as Yeats'. The mysticism also places them in the realm of religious writing. The author clearly has a moral intent, yet the stories usually avoid religiosity and sentimentality. The 'moral' is often hard to pin down in simplistic terms, as one might expect from someone who was a regular contributor to THE THEOSOPHICAL REVIEW. In other words, the approach is more 'spiritual' than 'religious.' It echoes also the medievalism of William Morris' romances -- a resemblance underlined by the uncial typography of the cover. The imagery is vivid and the writing style relatively free of authorial intrusion. The material merits the attention of the student of golden age English supernatural fiction, and it's a little curious that it has received so little as yet, when collections that are much inferior to it are so well-known among specialists. Vincent Starrett devotes a chapter to her in his BURIED CAESARS, recalling how he came across her WILLOW WEAVER by chance, then quickly acquired and read nine of her other books. He praises her for her ability to convey the 'incommunicable.'" - Robert Eldridge. The author's real name was Joy Hooper, as John Eggeling discovered. She was "a devout mystic who dedicated herself to prayer and became an anchorite on the Isle of Wight" (obituary in St. Michael's News, June, 1946). Not in any of the standard genre bibliographies. Owner's signature dated October 1928 on front free endpaper; neatly inked index of story themes on rear free endpaper. A very good copy. COPAC records 3 copies. OCLC records 3 copies. A scarce book. (#149556).
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