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Far Off Things

Arthur Machen

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .che that greeted him, he offered all he had to his enemy.

May he remember me from his happy place.

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Chapter II

By this time I hope that I have made a sort of picture of my conditions as they were up to the time that I left school at the age of seventeen. Solitude and woods and deep lanes and wonder; these were the chief elements of my life. One thing, however, I have so far omitted, that is the matter of books, which I will now consider.

And, firstly, I must record with deep thankfulness the circumstance that as soon as I could read I had the run of a thoroughly ill-selected library; or, rather, of a library that had not been selected at all. My father's collection, if that serious word may be applied to a hugger-mugger of books, had grown up anyhow and nohow, and in it the most revered stocks had mingled with the most frivolous. There were the Fathers, in the English version made by the Tractarians, and there was. . . Read More

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A beautiful book by one of the least known writers of horror/supernatural fiction. It's the first volume of his autobiography, and by far far the best of the three. It is an amazing piece of writing not only for the things he describes, but also (and most of all) for how he describes them, with a st

If one of the functions of reading is to better understand yourself, then I couldn’t recommend this autobiographical work any more highly.

That being said, I grew up in rural Gwent (like Machen), wandered its magical pastures and forests alone (like Machen), am a writer (like Machen), lived and worke

This is a lovely little memoir of his youth and early literary endeavors by Welsh supernatural author Arthur Machen. He's both a very witty and slightly sentimental author, and in these pages are heaped with nostalgia and beautiful descriptions of the Wales of his youth and the awe of nature that in

This book chronicles Machens life from his years as a child, to his early year in London at the age of twenty to his return to his beloved Gwent and its mystical countryside. Unlike a typical autobiography, this doesn't follow a traditional chronological pattern and instead weaves in and out of time

Wistful little set of recollections of Machen's early years, culminating in his first publishers deal. A few nice observations about creativity and childhood, all of which seem to be intended for readers with an appreciation of wry humour. There's comparisions of city life (London) and rural childho

What a wonderful biography that is full of heart :)

Growing up in the same part of South Wales as Machen, this book charmed me from start to finish. Even most of the pubs are still there!

This book chronicles Machens life from his years as a child, to his early year in London. Unlike a typical autobio

I have very rarely found an author whose work felt so close to my own sensibilities. Machen's writing is a sustained, languid reverie.

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