Hieroglyphics: A Note Upon Ecstasy In Literature [Arthur Machen] on Amazon. com. *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. This scarce antiquarian book is a. Donor challenge: Your generous donation will be matched 2-to-1 right now. Your $5 becomes $15! Dear Internet Archive Supporter,. I ask only once a year. Hieroglyphics: A Note Upon Ecstasy in Literature is book on literary analysis (or a if one wishes to be technical) by Welsh fantasy/horror writer Arthur Machen.

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A very interesting work of literary theory from a writer very influential to H. Machen distinguishes literature from “reading-matter” by the presence or absence of “ecstasy” in a workthat is, a quest or a desire for the unknown, something which draws the reader outside of hieroglgphics life.

He differentiates between artifice the skill of written expression and the true art of a work the ecstasy that lies within.

In the end, Machen’s goal is to make “ecstasy” the objective criterion for evaluating a work as literature, in contrast to the many subjective criteria such as enjoyment hieroglyphhics reading, feelings generated by a work, or connection to the characters. Hieroglyphics is not without its flaws, but I would still highly encourage the reading of it, in order to be introduced to this fascinating theory.

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Other editions – View all Hieroglyphics: Machen’s Collection Arthur Machen Limited preview – Popular passages Page – The valet having rode something more than a mile, espied the whole troop disposed in a long field, crossing the road obliquely, and headed by the bridegroom and his friend Hatchway, who, finding himself hindered by a hedge from proceeding farther in the same direction, fired a pistol, and stood over to the other side, making an obtuse angle with the line of his former course; and the rest of the squadron followed his example, keeping always in the rear of each other heroglyphics a flight of wild geese.

Page – Hark ye, brother, don’t you see we make all possible speed?

Hieroglyphics: A Note Upon Ecstasy in Literature

Go back, and tell those who sent you, that the wind has shifted since we weighed anchor, and that we are obliged to make very short trips in tacking, by reason of the narrowness of the channel, and that, as we lie within six points of the wind, they must make some allowance xrthur variation and leeway. Page 20 – At the first dawn of the morning we closed all the massive shutters of our old building; lighting a couple of tapers which, strongly perfumed, threw out only the ghastliest and feeblest of rays.

By the aid of these we then busied our souls in dreams — reading, writing, or conversing, until warned by the clock of the advent of the true Darkness.


Then we sallied arthyr into the streets, arm Page – Et icy maintenons que non rire, ains boire est le propre de l’homme, je ne dy boire simplement et absolument, car aussi bien boivent les bestes: Page 20 – It was a freak of fancy in my friend for what else shall I call artjur Page 11 – I mean.

Page – Faery lands forlorn. Show that “heaven lies about us in our infancy” must mean “wholesome maternal influences surround us in our childhood. Notez, amis, que de vin, divin on devient: Page 57 – he says there’s a snow-drift, and a wind that’s piercing cold.

But I confess that the artyur which to me seems all the wild weather and the wild legend of arthjr north suggested by those phrases “a thick white cloud,” and “a wind that’s piercing cold,” is in my judgment wholly marvellous.

Page – Gothic horror stories from the onward, defines literature as “the endeavour of every age to return to the first age, to an age, if you like, of savages. Hieroglyphics HieroglyphicsArthur Machen.