Ashe of Rings and Other Writings
  • Author: Butts, Mary
  • Binding: Clothbound, sewn, jacketed
  • Pages: 384
  • Size: 5-1/2 x 8-1/2"
  • Pub. Year: 1998
  • ISBN: 0-929701-53-4
  • In Stock: Yes
Price: $24.00
Preface by Nathalie Blondel.

Ashe of Rings and Other Writings is the fourth Recovered Classics edition featuring the works of Mary Butts. This volume contains Mary Butts's first published novel, Ashe of Rings, which depicts psychological turmoil during the First World War in the form of an occult drama; an epistolary novella, Imaginary Letters; a pamphlet essay on disbelief and faith, Traps for Unbelievers; a pamphlet essay on urban naivete, Warning to Hikers; and an essay on ghost fiction in English literature, "Ghosties and Ghoulies."

The English novelist, poet and critic Mary Butts (1890-1937) is one of the most enigmatic of the early Modernists, and the last great lost writer of the era. During the 1920s and 1930s she was as well-known and highly regarded in England as her now more famous contemporaries: H.D., Katherine Mansfield, Mina Loy, Virginia Woolf, Dorothy Richardson, Jean Rhys, Djuna Barnes, Kay Boyle. She was a writer of high energy and an original style, and possessed particular insight into the generation which survived the First World War. McPherson & Company has been reissuing her works in uniform, newly edited volumes since 1992.

REVIEWS:

"Butts is little read these days, which is unfortunate. This English novelist, poet, and critic was part of the crowd of international writers living in Paris between the two world wards, and she had a good reputation back then. This anthology should help librarians bring Butts anew to the attention of appreciators of serious writing. This is the publisher's fourth Recovered Classics edition, restoring Butts's work to print. It includes her first accomplished novel, Ashe of Rings; a particularly interesting epistolary novella, Imaginary Letters; two pamphlet essays on social issues; and an essay on ghost fiction. (According to the publisher notes, this is the first appearance of the novel in the U.S. since its initial 1926 publication and the first U.S. publication of all the other pieces in this grouping.) Butts was a quirky but ultimately brilliant writer, very distinctive in style and imagination; she remains a thrill to read."
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AUTHOR:
She drank with Hemingway at Les Deux Magots; Virgil Thompson courted her; among her best friends she counted H.D. and Bryher and corresponded at length with Charles Williams, but Virginia Woolf hated her perfume. She lived more outrageously than Jean Rhys and was considered a better writer than Katherine Mansfield...
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