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Arthur Machen


Born
in Caerleon, Monmouthshire, Wales
March 03, 1863

Died
December 15, 1947

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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 Eleus
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Average rating: 3.86 · 35,139 ratings · 3,334 reviews · 648 distinct worksSimilar authors
The Great God Pan

3.71 avg rating — 11,257 ratings — published 1890 — 1302 editions
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The White People and Other ...

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The Three Impostors and Oth...

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The Hill of Dreams

3.87 avg rating — 1,039 ratings — published 1907 — 9 editions
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The White People

3.74 avg rating — 1,008 ratings — published 1904 — 488 editions
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The Three Impostors

3.88 avg rating — 903 ratings — published 1895 — 5 editions
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The Terror by Arthur Machen...

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The House of Souls

3.81 avg rating — 411 ratings — published 1906 — 172 editions
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“I dream in fire but work in clay.”
Arthur Machen

“silence is not weakness and decency is not pride”
Arthur Machen

“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.”
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December 2021 Short Story/Novella Poll

A Christmas Tree by Charles Dickens 44 pages, 1850
 
  64 votes, 28.4%

 
  54 votes, 24.0%

The Driver's Seat by Muriel Spark, 103 pages, 1970
 
  33 votes, 14.7%

The Lost Boy by Thomas Wolfe, 95 pages, 1937
 
  21 votes, 9.3%

The Destructors by Graham Greene, 40 pages, 1928
 
  19 votes, 8.4%

 
  18 votes, 8.0%

The Great God Pan by Arthur Machen, 82 pages. 1890
 
  16 votes, 7.1%

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