Desert Islands

Desert Islands With its humor and its fancy and its wistfulness Desert Islands is such a fountain of youth as no Ponce de Leon ever discovered New York Times A vast treasure chest to dazzle and fascinate everyone w

  • Title: Desert Islands
  • Author: Walter de la Mare Rex Whistler
  • ISBN: 9781589880672
  • Page: 498
  • Format: Paperback
  • With its humor and its fancy and its wistfulness, Desert Islands is such a fountain of youth as no Ponce de Leon ever discovered New York Times A vast treasure chest to dazzle and fascinate everyone who lifts the lid Geoffrey Grigson One of those cabinets of curiosities, Michael McKeon writes in his new foreword, Desert Islands is filled with randomly juxtaposed With its humor and its fancy and its wistfulness, Desert Islands is such a fountain of youth as no Ponce de Leon ever discovered New York Times A vast treasure chest to dazzle and fascinate everyone who lifts the lid Geoffrey Grigson One of those cabinets of curiosities, Michael McKeon writes in his new foreword, Desert Islands is filled with randomly juxtaposed artifacts and devices rare and wonderful and far flung, which long ago graced the homes of the Renaissance patriciate and then, in the hands of natural historians, became the model for the modern museum Join Walter de la Mare as he surveys the world of islands symbols of man s love of adventure and longing , both fictional and real, romantic and not along with shipwrecks, castaways, and solitude pirates, explorers, and treasure Shakespeare, Swift, Columbus, Darwin, Utopia, England and particularly of course , Daniel Defoe and Robinson Crusoe One begins to fall under the spell, by way of Mr De la Mare s fine sinuous prose and fanciful comments, of those distant places, those buccaneers islands and remote wave washed ocean rocks, by which he himself is so strongly fascinated SpectatorWalter de la Mare 1873 1956 wrote numerous novels, short stories, essays, and poems His Memoirs of a Midget, which won the James Tait Black Memorial Prize, is also available from Paul Dry Books.

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    1. Great collection of stories and explanations, both fiction and nonfiction, taken from the last 400 years. It is a curiosity piece focused on the idea of romanticism in isolation. Works of famous writers include, Poe, Defoe, Coleridge, Dickens, Johnson and others. Whether isolated on desert islands, in solitude, on abandoned ships, in death or under the effects of opiates, de la Mare has sought out examples in fiction, essays, and diaries and compiled them in this interesting work. At times I fou [...]

    2. 'Old age is an island surrounded by death'. Who said that? There are so many things one longs to chat about. Famous last words: 'I am baffled' (Aleister Crowley).

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