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Mortimus Clay aka C. R. Wiley

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The back story of my alter ego, Mortimus Clay.

Mortimus Clay is the most prolific author writing posthumously in the world today. Dead since 1885, Professor Clay's first book was published in 2009.

While alive Mortimus Clay was a dismal failure as an author. Scorned by editors, laughed at by fellow writers, Mortimus spent his life trying to emulate his hero Charles Dickens, but instead ended up living like a character in a Dickens novel.

During the day he served as Professor of Arts and Letters at Her Majesty's Knitting College for Wayward Girls, but his evenings were spent writing late into the night in his unheated Manchester flat.

After fifty years of teaching Beowulf and The Faerie Queene to unappreciative knitters, Professor Clay died in 1

The Purloined Boy is now available in Turkish from Tramvay Yayincilik under the title: Karanliklar Ulesi, which in Turkish means, "Underworld."

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"The Purloined Boy is now available in Turkish from Tramvay Yayincilik under the title: Karanliklar Ulesi, which in Turkish means, "Underworld." "
“Can you not see, […] that fairy tales in their essence are quite solid and straightforward; but that this everlasting fiction about modern life is in its nature essentially incredible? Folk-lore means that the soul is sane, but that the universe is wild and full of marvels. Realism means that the world is dull and full of routine, but that the soul is sick and screaming. The problem of the fairy tale is-what will a healthy man do with a fantastic world? The problem of the modern novel is-what will a madman do with a dull world? In the fairy tales the cosmos goes mad; but the hero does not go mad. In the modern novels the hero is mad before the book begins, and suffers from the harsh steadiness and cruel sanity of the cosmos. ”
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Erika Do you know if The Quest for the Fey Brand is going to be sold on any time soon or where I can find it? Thanks!

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