Saturday, April 11, 2009

word from Temporary Culture

Email rec'd:
Dear friends of Temporary Culture

This is the first announcement of the next book from Temporary Culture, Hope-in-the-Mist by Michael Swanwick, and an invitation to subscribe. The web page includes a fine photograph of the author and will soon feature an advance look at the covers and at the binding design for the hand bound copies:

I look forward to hearing from you.

Henry Wessells

Publication date: 10 July 2009

The Extraordinary Career and Mysterious Life of Hope Mirrlees
with a preface by NEIL GAIMAN & original frontispiece by CHARLES VESS

Critical monograph examining the life and writings of Hope Mirrlees
(1887–1978), author of Lud-in-the-Mist (1926).

6 x 9 inches, 96 pp. Illustrated.
Subscribers issue, 25 copies, hand bound in green Asahi silk with Ann
Muir marbled endsheets, signed by Michael Swanwick, and with an
original print signed by Charles Vess.
Please inquire for terms of subscription (includes shipping and a copy of the trade issue).

Trade issue, 200 copies in paper covers.
ISBN: 0-9764660-5-8 / ISBN-13: 978-0-9764660-5-5
Price: $20

Hope-in-the-Mist is the first book-length study of British author HOPE
MIRRLEES, whom Virginia Woolf described as “her own heroine —
capricious, exacting, exquisite, very learned, and beautifully
dressed.” Raised in Scotland and Zululand, Mirrlees studied with the
great classical scholar Jane Harrison and later lived with her in Paris
and London. Mirrlees wrote one major poem, Paris (1920), the missing
link between French avant-garde poetry and her friend T. S. Eliot's The
Waste Land (1922); her novel Lud-in-the-Mist is an acknowledged classic
of fantastical literature.

MICHAEL SWANWICK is author of What Can Be Saved from the Wreckage?
(2007), a monograph on American author James Branch Cabell. His novels
include Bones of the Earth and In The Drift, and his short story
collections include Gravity's Angels and The Dog Said Bow-Wow. He is at
work on a novel featuring his characters Darger and Surplus.

NEIL GAIMAN is the Younger Sage of Minnesota. His novels include
Stardust (illustrated by Charles Vess), Coraline, and American Gods.

CHARLES VESS is an acclaimed artist with lifelong ties to fantastical
literature. One of his latest projects is a nine-foot tall bronze
statue of Titania.

---Another thing maybe I will try to get, if there is any interest...