The Sorcerer's Apprentice, Translated From The German of Hanns Heinz Ewers by Ludwig Lewisohn, Illustrated By Mahlon Blaine (limited/numbered).

By: Ewers, Hanns Heinz

Price: £30.00

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Grading: Fine copy in pictorial boards, as issued without dustjacket (as new).


552 pages: first published in Germany in 1907 and first English translation in 1927. This new volume is largely a reprint of the 1927 John Day edition (complete with the Mahlon Blaine artwork), which was closely overseen ''line by line'' by Ewers himself. However the Day publication had a number of passages removed, partly over issues relating to its sexual content. These have been restored to this edition courtesy of Joe E. Bandel, thus making it the most complete version in English. New five-page introduction by editor/publisher John Hirschhorn-Smith, plus the first publication of the 100-page screenplay of the 1935 play ''The Sorcerer's Apprentice: A Play In 12 Scenes'' by Howard Phillips, plus Sabine Baring-Gould's 20-page ''A Swiss Passion Play'' (detailing the real case of mass hysteria occuring in a Swiss Alpine village 1817-1823, from which Ewers partly based his novel), plus John Hirschhorn-Smith's 45-page essay ''Mystics And Mersmerism In The Sorcerer's Apprentice'', again first published here. LIMITED EDITION: 350 numbered copies printed.

''(1871-1943) German novelist and essayist. Although a member of the Nazi Party, HHE was later accused of being a Jewish sympathizer and his work was banned. His writing career began in 1901 with a set of satirical rhymes, but not until the appearance of Der Zauberlehring (1907; trans Ludwig Lewisohn as THE SORCERER'S APPRENTICE 1927 US) - the first of the Frank Braun trilogy - did he became established. Braun becomes involved with a religious cult, and hypnotizes his mistress into believing she is a saint. The mistress willingly becomes a martyr, with Braun delivering the final blow. The second volume, Alraune (1911; trans Guy Endore 1929 US) surrounds the first: chronologically, the first third of Alraune is followed by the whole of The Sorcerer's Apprentice, which is followed by the remainder of Alraune. By the end, Braun has become a dissolute and debtor. He encourages his uncle to experiment in the creation of a degenerate form of humanity. The result is a woman who has a fatal effect on any whom she contacts. Strong in erotic and vampire imagery and intensely decadent (>> DECADENCE), the novel was immensely popular and was five times filmed (in 1918 twice, 1928, 1930, 1952). The final volume, Vampir (1921; trans as Vampire 1934 US), depicts Braun as a nonsupernatural vampire; the novel is an excuse for further erotic and sadistic episodes. All three volumes propound the inferiority of non-Teutonic races'' (Mike Ashley/Encyclopedia of Fantasy).

Title: The Sorcerer's Apprentice, Translated From The German of Hanns Heinz Ewers by Ludwig Lewisohn, Illustrated By Mahlon Blaine (limited/numbered).

Author Name: Ewers, Hanns Heinz

Categories: Current Catalogue, NEW BOOKS IN STOCK,

Edition: First edition thus (& 1st printing).

Publisher: Side Real Press: Newcastle-Upon-Tyne.: 2019.

Binding: Hardcover.

Grading: Fine copy in pictorial boards, as issued without dustjacket (as new).

Seller ID: 46131