Arthur Machen





Arthur Machen

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born
in Caerleon, Monmouthshire, Wales, The United Kingdom
March 03, 1863

died
December 15, 1947

gender
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Arthur Machen was a leading Welsh author of the 1890s. He is best known for his influential supernatural, fantasy, and horror fiction. His long story "The Great God Pan" made him famous and controversial in his lifetime, but The Hill of Dreams is generally considered his masterpiece. He also is well known for his leading role in creating the legend of the Angels of Mons.

At the age of eleven, Machen boarded at Hereford Cathedral School, where he received an excellent classical education. Family poverty ruled out attendance at university, and Machen was sent to London, where he sat exams to attend medical school but failed to get in. Machen, however, showed literary promise, publishing in 1881 a long poem "Eleusinia" on the subject of the Ele...more


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The Great God Pan
3.88 of 5 stars 3.88 avg rating — 2,961 ratings — published 1894 — 84 editions
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4.01 of 5 stars 4.01 avg rating — 793 ratings — published 1904 — 12 editions
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Hill of Dreams
3.95 of 5 stars 3.95 avg rating — 328 ratings — published 1907 — 42 editions
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The Terror
3.88 of 5 stars 3.88 avg rating — 202 ratings — published 1917 — 21 editions
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Tales of Horror & the Super...
4.24 of 5 stars 4.24 avg rating — 116 ratings — published 1948 — 4 editions
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The House of Souls
3.68 of 5 stars 3.68 avg rating — 94 ratings — published 1922 — 32 editions
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The Shining Pyramid
3.52 of 5 stars 3.52 avg rating — 66 ratings — published 1895 — 9 editions
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The Inmost Light
3.46 of 5 stars 3.46 avg rating — 52 ratings — published 1894 — 8 editions
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The Novel of the Black Seal
3.51 of 5 stars 3.51 avg rating — 45 ratings — published 1965 — 6 editions
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“silence is not weakness and decency is not pride”
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“I dream in fire but work in clay.”
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“We both wondered whether these contradictions that one can't avoid if one begins to think of time and space may not really be proofs that the whole of life is a dream, and the moon and stars bits of nightmare.”
Arthur Machen, The Terror

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