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TALES OF THE WILD AND THE WONDERFUL - Dods, Mary Diana, probable author.] - 1867. [1201496]
Milner and Sowerby, 44, Paternoster Row, London and Halifax, Yorkshire 1867 - Small octavo, pp. [i-v] vi [vii-viii] 9-320, inserted frontispiece and engraved title on conjugate leaf, original decorated green cloth, front and rear panels stamped in blind, spine panel stamped in gold and blind, yellow coated endpapers. Expanded edition. Anonymously published collection of five "tales of diablerie" -- novellas, really, in most cases -- whose authorship has been disputed. For years it was thought to be the work of George Borrow, but the preponderance of opinion now leans towards Mary Diana Dods, the illegitimate daughter of a Scottish aristocrat. Writing under a male pseudonym ("David Lyndsay"), Dods contributed to BLACKWOOD'S MAGAZINE and literary annuals and gift books. In letters to BLACKWOOD'S editor, she claimed authorship of the present book. In addition to her masculine pseudonym, Dods affected masculine attire and, with the help of her friend, Mary Shelley, "eloped" to Paris with another woman and lived there as "Mr. and Mrs. Sholto Douglas." With the exception of "Der Freischütz," a translation of a well-known German weird tale by Apel, the stories are original, though generally imbued, as the author acknowledges in the preface, with material borrowed from fairy tales. The material is best seen as a late efflorescence of the Romantic-Gothic movement then waning in England with the recent deaths of Byron, Maturin and Percy Shelley. Dods herself died sometime around 1830. See Betty T. Bennett, Mary Diana Dods, A Gentleman and a Scholar, especially pp. 66-8. This expanded edition, published as part of Milner and Sowerby's "Wide Wide World Library" series, adds two stories, "The Spectre Barber" and "The Sleeping Friar; or the Stone of Father Cuddy." Barron (ed), Fantasy Literature 1-82. Block, The English Novel 1740-1850, p. 24 (1825 edition, attributed to George Borrow). Garside, Raven & Schöwerling, 1825: 15 (1825 edition). Wolff 601 (1825 edition). Bleiler (1978), p. 27. Cloth rubbed at edges, some mild stains to cloth along fore-edges, hairline cracks along inner hinges, a very good copy. COPAC reports one copy (Oxford); no copies found on OCLC. Rare. (#153334) [Attributes: Soft Cover]
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