THE LADIES OF GRACE ADIEU: AND OTHER STORIES. [New York]: Bloomsbury, . Octavo, cloth. First U.S. edition. Collection of fantasy stories. "Like her novel JONATHAN STRANGE AND MR NORRELL, this new volume of tales is resolutely sophisticated. The charm of distance is provided by the formality of the manner and language, frequently a pastiche of the language of Jane Austen and her contemporaries, complete with spellings such as “scizzars” and “cloaths.” It is to this literarily conceived long-ago England that Clarke’s stories make their escape; the realm of Faerie itself, though it borders upon and breaks through into daily life, is kept at a distance. We never get there, or only for a moment — and the moment has no consequences." - Ursula K. Le Guin, book review (at her website). A fine copy without dust jacket as issued. (#169608).
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