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Hieroglyphics; a note upon ecstasy in literature
Lists with This Book. This book is not yet featured on Listopia. Jun 13, Jim Smith rated it really liked it.
Fascinating mystical and artistic creed and a good-natured marvel of circumlocution. Practically everything Machen wrote in the s had the touch of genius, and this even applies to his non-fiction, though this is actually presented as a fictional account from Machen’s familiar of imagination.
Here Machen vaguely details how he separates high literature from mere reading material, and whilst such an essay may sound haughty and pretentious, it makes more sense when you realise he isn’t making a Fascinating mystical and artistic creed and a good-natured marvel of circumlocution. Here Machen vaguely details how he separates high literature from mere reading material, and whilst such an essay may sound haughty and pretentious, it makes more sense when you realise he isn’t making a critical separation based on quality, but is espousing his hearty belief that art should exist to portray those unknown spheres of the infinite and ourselves.
I didn’t agree with all of Machen’s conclusions, but such rambling rants as these were a big influence in shaping my own views on art, and it remains a criminally underlooked book. Apr 07, Paul rated it really liked it. I know not if Eliade read Machen, let alone this work in particular, but I suspect that he would be more than a little sympathetic to it.
It is, by the way, bound to be misunderstood in spite of its honest attempt to avoid such misunderstandings and to, as clearly as is possible, state his purpose. Going by one other review here, one would think that, for Machen, real literature needs be overtly fantastical as well as dogmatically Catholic. Neither is true — in fact, his arguments are to the contrary. Likewise, this text argues, quite heartily, against didactic in literature.
If one understands not what is really meant when, eventually, Art is described as the “expression of the dogmas of the Church”, then one has missed the point of all that has preceded that statement and the entirety of this text is wasted on him or her.
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The Greeks, celebrating the festivals of Arthhr, Cervantes recounting the fooleries of Don Quixote, Dickens measuring Mr Pickwick’s glasses of cold punch, Rabelais with his thirsty Pantagruel were all sufficiently Catholic from our point of view, and the cultus of Aphrodite is merely a symbol misunderstood and possibly corrupted, hiegoglyphics if you can describe an initiatory dance of savages in the proper manner, I shall call you a good Catholic.
Feb 23, David rated it it was ok.
This is one of Machens more challenging reads, mostly because it has aged so dreadfully. Not a horror story this time, but instead an extended essay on Machens thoughts on writing, literature and the quality of the written word.
Whilst it offers hieroglyphucs interesting and very useful advice in places, it none the less relies on the reader having a machrn education circa This makes it almost impossible to read at times, and requires a keen eye to wade through it. Definitely worth reading hieroglylhics Mach This is one of Machens more challenging reads, mostly because it has aged so dreadfully. Definitely worth reading for Machen completists like mebut not if you want to get to the bottom of the mans brain.
Dec 13, J. A consistently interesting and occasionally persuasive collection of essays, written in the second-person, all pertaining to the distinction between “literature” and fine literature, between artifice and art. It mostly helps to illuminate Machen’s own aims with his fiction, his emphasis on what he calls ecstasy, or wonder– exemplified by literature that stands apart from the prosaic, the facts of everyday life.
If a book has no sense of awe or the eternal, it’s not worth much, according to the A consistently interesting and occasionally persuasive collection of essays, written in the second-person, all pertaining to the distinction between “literature” and fine literature, between artifice and art. If a book has no sense of awe or the eternal, it’s not worth much, according to the author. He clearly loves the mystical, rather than the rational, and only goes off the rails a little at the end when he asserts that all fine literature must, consciously or otherwise, embody Catholic dogmas.
Could have been a lot more forward-thinking, however, and he misses the point completely when he tries to defend religion and art in the same breath. Nov 11, Sem rated it liked it Shelves: There were moments – long moments – of almost unendurable boredom.
On the other hand, his judgements – why, for example, The Pickwick Papers is literature whereas Pride and Prejudice is mere reading matter – were a delight. Interessant essay in monoloogvorm over de ziel van ‘echte’ literatuur.
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Arthur Machen was a leading Welsh author of the s. He is best known for his influential supernatural, fantasy, and horror fiction. His long story “The Great God Pan” made him famous and controversial in his lifetime, but The Hill of Hieeroglyphics is generally considered his masterpiece.
He also is well known for his leading role in creating the legend of the Angels of Mons. At the age of eleven, Mache Arthur Machen was a leading Welsh author of the s. Hleroglyphics the age of eleven, Machen boarded at Hereford Cathedral School, where he received an excellent classical education.