A STRANGE STORY. By Sir E. Bulwer Lytton. Boston: Gardner A. Fuller, 1862. Octavo, engravings on steel by F. O. Freeman from drawings by J. N. Hyde, publisher's decorated purple cloth, front and rear panels stamped in blind, spine panel stamped in gold and blind, cream coated endpapers. First U.S edition. Bulwer-Lytton, "an assiduous student of occultism and the pseudo sciences, attended Levi's conjurations, and his novel A STRANGE STORY (1862) is based in great part on Levi's work. Bulwer-Lytton's Margrave is the first convincing capable practicing black magician in modern literature. A STRANGE STORY was widely read, and many fictional accounts of magical ceremonies have been derived from it." - Sullivan (ed), The Penguin Encyclopedia of Horror and the Supernatural, p. 304. "In the field of supernatural literature Bulwer is enormously important ... A STRANGE STORY stands behind most more recent novels of magic or of personality change ..." - Bleiler, The Guide to Supernatural Fiction, p. 87 (also described as entry 305). "The novel itself is a real triumph, in the end subordinating all the occult machinery, including a full-scale alchemical and Rosicrucian distillation of the elixir of life, to the strongly-based philosophical and religious arguments for the immortality of the human soul." - Wolff 960. Discussed in Wolff, Strange Stories, pp. 265-322. Discussed in Christensen, Edward Bulwer-Lytton: The Fiction of New Regions, esp. pp. 176-81. Anatomy of Wonder (1976) 1-26. Bailey, Pilgrims Through Space and Time, pp. 30-1. Barron (ed), Horror Literature 2-55. Locke, A Spectrum of Fantasy, p. 145. Schlobin, The Literature of Fantasy 148. Suvin, Victorian Science Fiction in the UK, pp. 102-03. Tymn (ed), Horror Literature 2-19. In 333. Bleiler (1978), p. 34. Reginald 09382. Hubin (1994), p. 117. Not in Hamilton. Early gift inscription on the front free endpaper. Spine panel faded to brown, light wear to spine ends and corner tips. A clean, attractive copy. (#154885).
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