Title The Cosy Room And Other Stories.
Book Condition Fine copy in a fine dustjacket (as new).
Edition First edition thus (& 1st printing).
Publisher Tartarus Press: North Yorkshire. 2016.
1905784813 / 9781905784813
Seller ID 41204
A collection of essays, mystically poetic fragments, and supernatural tales, first published by Rich & Cowan: London in 1936. This new edition adds a 14-page introduction by James Machin.
''a collection of Arthur Machenís short stories curated by John Gawsworth (aka Fytton Armstrong) in 1936. As well as exhuming some very early tales published in the first half of the 1890s, Gawsworth included Machenís decadent prose poems from Ornaments in Jade, and later work commissioned by Lady Cynthia Asquith for collections such as The Ghost Book (1926) and Shudders (1929). Among other curious items, The Cosy Room collected ĎThe Islington Mysteryí, an account of the likely murder of a taxidermistís wife by her husband; but the highlight of the collection is ĎNí, the only original contribution to The Cosy Room, and perhaps the most interesting and thought-provoking story of Arthur Machenís later career - a distillation of many ideas he had previously explored, but they are perhaps more perfectly expressed in this tale than in any other''.