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THE MAZE OF THE ENCHANTER Clark Ashton Smith 1st HC

THE MAZE OF THE ENCHANTER: THE COLLECTED FANTASIES OF CLARK ASHTON SMITH volume 4 by Clark Ashton Smith. Sanfrancisco, CA; Night Shade Books; 2009.

The Maze of the Enchanter is the fourth volume of the five volume Collected Fantasies series. Editors Scott Connors and Ron Hilger have compared original manuscripts, various typescripts, published editions, and Smith's notes and letters, in order to prepare a definitive set of texts.

This series presents Smith's fiction chronologically, based on composition rather than publication. The editorial decision to present these finely crafted tales chronologically, as opposed to thematically, was made in order to present Smith's fiction as part of a continuum - Smith's style evolved as he grew older, and gained access to the commercial markets. The ebb and flow of his prose over the course of his lifetime can be charted via the five volumes of this series.

The Maze of the Enchanter includes, in chronological order, all of his stories from "The Mandrakes" (February, 1933) to "The Flower-Women" (May, 1935). This volume also features an introduction, and extensive notes on each story.

Contents:

* Introduction by Gahan Wilson, * A Note on the Texts,

* The Mandrakes, * The Beast of Averoigne, * A Star-Change, * The Disinterment of Venus, * The White Sybil, * The Ice-Demon, * The Isle of the Torturers, * The Dimension of Chance, * The Dweller in the Gulf, * The Maze of the Enchanter, * The Third Episode of Vathek, * Genius Loci, * The Secret of the Cairn, * The Charnel God, * The Dark Eidolon, * The Voyage of King Euvoran, * Vulthoom, * The Weaver in the Vaults, * The Flower-Women.

Dustjacket art by Jason Van Hollander.

Hardcover 978-1-59780-031-0.

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