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Dennis Parry's SEA OF GLASS (1955), is now up for order worldwide. Though it got rave reviews when originally published, it fell into oblivion when Parry died tragically at age 42, two months after its release. We discovered it through artist Edward Gorey, who called it the most unjustly neglected book he knew, maybe not surprisingly, since the book features the same mix of the comic and macabre that characterizes Gorey's art.

Sea of Glass (1955) by Dennis Parry, new introduction by Simon Stern

Book Description

Old Mrs. Ellison doesn’t have much longer to live, and her scheming son Cedric is counting the days until he inherits her fortune. But his plans are upset by the arrival of his niece Varvara, a beautiful and wild young woman from a remote Chinese region known as the ‘Sea of Glass’, a strange land where wars are fought with crossbows and ‘highly damaging curses’ and where death may come at any moment in the form of a venomous barking spider. With the aid of a love-struck law student and a bibulous butler, Varvara aims to thwart the wiles of her evil uncle—but events take an unexpected and fatal turn in this unusual story, which is by turns hilarious and macabre.

An exquisite blend of comedy, murder mystery, and surreal fantasy, Dennis Parry’s masterpiece Sea of Glass (1955) was published to near-universal acclaim and has counted Edward Gorey among its admirers, but sank into an undeserved obscurity following Parry’s untimely death a month after publication. This edition features a new introduction by Simon Stern. Parry’s novel of possession from beyond the grave, The Survivor (1940), is also available from Valancourt.

Reviews

‘Amazingly original and brilliant’ – Illustrated London News

‘An uncommonly good writer, with the classic novelist’s virtues and other gifts besides. A bald recital of the plot of this admirable book can only be misleading: you must read [it] for yourself . . . Such is Mr. Parry’s talent, compounded of tenderness and irony, that this novel though consistently deliciously amusing, never degenerates into whimsy.' – John Davenport, Observer

‘There are few novelists more resourceful and original than Dennis Parry . . . This novel is prodigal of exciting and entertaining incident, and I should like to read it again.’ – Daniel George, The Bookman

‘How well Mr. Parry writes!’ – New Statesman

‘Mr. Parry writes with wit, ingenuity, and even a gift for surrealistic fantasy.’ – The Times

‘The story is preposterous, often wonderfully funny, and the implacable exiled gun-runner gives it a weird perspective which is a nice diversion for the imagination.’ – Manchester Guardian

‘He is out to amuse . . . and very successful he is at it . . . He has the wit to temper satire with affection, and to perceive the nobility that so often lies at the heart of the ridiculous . . . A work of considerable originality . . . fresh, entertaining, and intelligent.’ – The Listener

‘Witty and civilized . . . a thoroughly entertaining book.’ – Sphere

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Kimberly (kimberly_3238) | 369 comments Another must-have!!!


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Latasha (latasha513) | 109 comments idk...barking spiders? that's some absolutely terrifying stuff...


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Kimberly (kimberly_3238) | 369 comments Latasha wrote: "idk...barking spiders? that's some absolutely terrifying stuff..."

LOL--I have a spider tattooed on my upper thigh, and when the artist asked what I wanted, I replied, "Something that looks so real that other people would scream!" The barking spiders was an instant "sell" for me. ;)


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Latasha (latasha513) | 109 comments Ohhh no!!


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Maxine Marsh | 80 comments Kimberly wrote: "Latasha wrote: "idk...barking spiders? that's some absolutely terrifying stuff..."

LOL--I have a spider tattooed on my upper thigh, and when the artist asked what I wanted, I replied, "Something t..."


This one looks great.
I have a spider too, on my ankle, a black widow!


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Kimberly (kimberly_3238) | 369 comments Maxine wrote: "Kimberly wrote: "Latasha wrote: "idk...barking spiders? that's some absolutely terrifying stuff..."

LOL--I have a spider tattooed on my upper thigh, and when the artist asked what I wanted, I repl..."


Love it! Mine ended up being a black widow (shadowed so that it looks like it's walking), but I was thinking more of a Wolf spider....


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