Arthur Machen


Born
in Caerleon, Monmouthshire, Wales, The United Kingdom
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 Ele
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“I dream in fire but work in clay.”
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“silence is not weakness and decency is not pride”
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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.”
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April 2017 Short Story Poll

A Doll's House by Henrik Ibsen, 122 pages, 1879
 
  56 votes, 18.2%

Ethan Frome by Edith Wharton, 128 pages, 1911
 
  54 votes, 17.6%

 
  39 votes, 12.7%

 
  33 votes, 10.7%

 
  25 votes, 8.1%

Carmilla by J. Sheridan Le Fanu, 108 pages, 1872
 
  22 votes, 7.2%

 
  21 votes, 6.8%

 
  15 votes, 4.9%

2BRO2B by Kurt Vonnegut,30 pages, 1962
 
  15 votes, 4.9%

 
  12 votes, 3.9%

The Shawl by Cynthia Ozick, 69 pages, 1989
 
  10 votes, 3.3%

The Great God Pan by Arthur Machen, 94 pages, 1894
 
  5 votes, 1.6%

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