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Riassunto: Algernon Blackwood was one of the greatest writers of supernatural fiction of the 20th century. He published over 200 stories and a dozen novels, all designed to awaken our consciousness to the wonder, mystery and power of the world. He said all his stories - however strange and exotic - were based on personal experiences or those of close friends. An adventurous traveller, an undercover agent during World War I, and Searcher for the Red Cross, he originated the Starlight Express, was a member of the magical order of the Golden Dawn, and knew most of the literary and artistic establishment of his day from Hilaire Belloc to Arthur Machen, from Sinclair Lewis to H.G. Wells, and from Gracie Fields to Sir Edward Elgar. From an aristocratic and deeply evangelical family, Blackwood rebelled and became a Buddhist. He tried many careers, ending up as a down-and-out sleeping in New York's central park, before returning home, the prodigal son. Then his life really began, investigating haunted houses and helping people with psychic afflictions; he found love, and fame as a writer, and Britain's first television story-teller.
About the Author: Mike Ashley, prolific author and editor, has been researching Blackwood's life for more than twenty years.
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Descrizione libro Constable and Robinson, 2001. Hardcover. Condizione libro: Very Good. Codice libro della libreria mon0001371334
Descrizione libro Constable, 2001. Hardcover. Condizione libro: Used; Very Good. Codice libro della libreria 2373056
Descrizione libro Constable, London, 2001. Hardcover. Condizione libro: Very Good. Condizione sovraccoperta: Good. First Edition. Minot tears to jacket, Algernon Henry Blackwood, CBE (March 14, 1869 - December 10, 1951) was an English writer of fiction dealing with the supernatural, who was also a journalist and a broadcasting narrator. His style of writing is very intense emotionally, and holds a strong fascination for the reader. The supernatural element is carefully woven into the plot which often turns the ordinary and familiar into something mysterious and awesome. Many of his tales take place outdoors in some magnificent setting of nature, like the wilderness of Canada, the swamplands of the Danube river or the Black Forest in Germany. Nature spirits, haunted houses, the spirits of the dead and other ancient sorceries all abound in his strange tales. Blackwood's private life was almost as odd and mysterious as his tales. A travelling man, he saw a great many places in the world. He was born in Kent, England, 1869. As a young man, he lived in New York and later on settled in Switzerland. Before that he had been moose hunting in Canada, hiking in Italy, France and Spain, and touring in Egypt, Austria and Sweden. After WWI, he found himself back in England. Besides writing, his activities were very diverse. He served as a secret agent in Switzerland at the end of WWI. His interest in the supernatural led him to visiting a spiritualist camp, exploring haunted houses and seeking out gurus like Gurdjieff and Ouspensky in France at a time when they were fashionable amongst the artistic jet set of the day. His talent as a story teller brought him a devoted audience amongst his nephews and other young relatives. He also wrote a number of children's books. In his later days, Blackwood experienced a renewed interest in his work. In 1934 he made his first radio broadcast and this he took up again in 1941 and onwards when he wrote a number of radio talks and plays. In 1947 he appeared on BBC TV as a story teller and became quite popular. This popularity culminated in 1949 when he received the C.B.E. award at Buckingham Palace. He continued to work, although his health failed him in the following years and a stroke made him a convalescent. He died in 1951. Size: 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall. Codice libro della libreria 041831
Descrizione libro Constable, 2001. Hardcover. Condizione libro: Very Good. Condizione sovraccoperta: Very Good. 1st Edition. Mint condition. Please see uploaded photos. For more information, please contact us. Codice libro della libreria 095191
Descrizione libro Constable, 2001. Hardcover. Condizione libro: New. Codice libro della libreria P111841194174