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The Mezentian Gate by E. R. Eddison
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Quite a production. You can take this book as (1) ridiculously overwrought, (2) unchristian, or (3) a sideways approach to truth. So far as I can see, you could choose which you like, without harm.
  cstebbins | Jun 17, 2019 |
The third book in the Zimiamvian trilogy. Left unfinished at Eddison's death, the completed portions, along with synopses of the unfinished chapters, were posthumously published in 1958. The story in this book predates Mistress of Mistresses, beginning seventy years and ending two years before the narrative of that work starts. ( )
  John_Thorne | Sep 13, 2017 |
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E. R. Eddisonprimary authorall editionscalculated
Lartigue, Jacques-HenriPhotographermain authorall editionsconfirmed
Therond, RogerAuthormain authorall editionsconfirmed
Henderson, KeithIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Tinkelman, MurrayCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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Epigraph
Let me not to the marriage of true mindes
Admit impediments, love is not love
Which alters when it alteration findes,
Or bends with the remover to remove:
O no, it is an ever fixed marke
That lookes on tempests, and is never shaken;
It is the star to every wandring barke,
Whose worths unknowne, although his higth be taken.
Love's not Times foole, though rosie lips and cheeks
Within his bending sickles compasse come,
Love alters not with his breefe houres and weekes,
But beares it out even to the edge of doome:

If this be error, and upon me proved,
I never writ, nor no man ever loved.

Shakespeare
And ride in triumph through Persepolis!
Is it not brave to be a King, Techelles?
Usumcasane and Theridamus,
Is it not passing brave to be a King,
And ride in triumph through Persepolis?

Marlowe
I cannot conceive any beginning of such love as I have for you but Beauty. There may be a sort of love for which, without the least sneer at it, I have the highest respect and can admire it in others: but it has not the richness, the bloom, the full form, the enchantment of love after my own heart.

Keats
Dedication
W. G. E.
To you, Madonna Mia,
and to
my mother,
and to my friends
John and Alice Reynolds,
and to
Harry Pirie-Gordon,
a fellow explorer in whom (as in Lessingham)
I find that rare mixture of man of action and con-
noisseur of strangeness and beauty in their protean
manifestations, who laughs where I laugh and
likes the salt that I like, and to whom I owe my
acquaintance (through the Orkneyinga Saga)
with the earthly ancestress of
my Lady Rosma Parry,
I dedicate this book.
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It was mid July, and three o'clock in the morning.
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The third volume in the classic epic trilogy of parallel worlds, admired by Tolkien and the great prototype for The Lord of the Rings and modern fantasy fiction. E. R. Eddison was the author of three of the most remarkable fantasies in the English language: The Worm Ouroboros, Mistress of Mistresses and A Fish Dinner in Memison. Linked together as separate parts of one vast romantic epic, fans who clamoured for more were finally rewarded 13 years after Eddison's death with the publication of the uncompleted fourth novel, written during the dark years of the Second World War. This new edition of The Mezentian Gate includes additional narrative fragments of the story missing from the original 1958 edition. Together with an illuminating introduction by Eddison scholar Paul Edmund Thomas, this volume returns Edward Lessingham to the extravagant realm of Zimiamvia and concludes one of the most extraordinary and influential fantasy series ever written.… (more)

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