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The Great God Pan

Arthur Machen

Book Overview: 

"The Great God Pan" is a novella written by Arthur Machen. On publication it was widely denounced by the press as degenerate and horrific because of its decadent style and sexual content, although it has since garnered a reputation as a classic of horror. Machen’s story was only one of many at the time to focus on Pan as a useful symbol for the power of nature and paganism.

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .that it would be better for the child to have playmates of her own age, he advertised in several local papers for a good home in a comfortable farmhouse for a girl of twelve, and this advertisement was answered by Mr. R., a well-to-do farmer in the above-mentioned village. His references proving satisfactory, the gentleman sent his adopted daughter to Mr. R., with a letter, in which he stipulated that the girl should have a room to herself, and stated that her guardians need be at no trouble in the matter of education, as she was already sufficiently educated for the position in life which she would occupy. In fact, Mr. R. was given to understand that the girl be allowed to find her own occupations and to spend her time almost as she liked. Mr. R. duly met her at the nearest station, a town seven miles away from his house, and seems to have remarked nothing extraordinary about the child except that she was reticent as to her former life and her adopted father. She wa. . . Read More

Community Reviews

Helen Vaughan did nothing wrong. She was literally just vibing hard.

Scritto in maniera superbamente evocativa. Ho esitato ad approcciare Machen, preferendogli l'anno scorso Algernon Blackwood; devo dire che Machen si è rivelato, a mio parere, decisamente superiore a Blackwood a livello di scrittura, almeno da quel che posso giudicare dopo la lettura di questo breve

I feel like I need to read this again to figure out what the heck just happened.

Actually, reading other reviews, it seems like I might have got an edited edition? Like where is the controversial sexual content? The story I read was pretty vague and never described anything really.


So I did rea

I, a devotee of transcendental medicine (45 M) rescued a child from the gutter (13 F) and performed minor surgery on her brain to allow her to see the supernatural. My friend (45 M) says I did wrong and am responsible for many deaths; I say her life was mine to use as I saw fit. AITA?

Za sve izdavače...ovako se pristupa poslu,knjizi,piscu,prevodu

My favored definition of wisdom has always been 'a recognition of one's limits', and as such, wisdom is vital for writers. When an author knows their capabilities and their flaws, they are in prime position to write a story which takes advantage of their strengths and mitigates their weaknesses.


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