Item #1466 The Necromancers. Robert Hugh Benson.
The Necromancers
The Necromancers
The Necromancers
The Necromancers

The Necromancers

London: Hutchinson & Co., 1909. Second edition. Octavo (7 5/8 inches tall), original purple cloth, gilt spine, front panel stamped in gilt and white. Tiny bookseller's label, slight spine lean with shallow vertical crease, early penciled name and date to front endpaper. A nearly fine copy. Item #1466

"AFTER ALL, IT IS THE PRIVILEGE OF ALL TRUTHSEEKERS TO SUFFER, IS IT NOT?"

Second edition of The Necromancers—Robert Hugh Benson's novel attacking Spiritualism as a form of demonolatry. A fresh copy with sharp corners and bright boards.

"R.H. Benson, as a writer of fiction, was master of the past, the present and the future" (Joseph Pearce). Written during Benson's time at Cambridge, the Necromancers was "quite competent novelistically and much superior to Benson's short stories, despite the undertone of hysteria" (Bleiler). The Necromancers was popular enough to warrant a second edition, published in the same year as the first but with "Second Edition" noted on the title page.

"Perhaps the clearest evidence of Benson's genius is to be found in the ease with which he crossed literary genres. Aside from his historical romances, he was equally at home with novels with a contemporary setting, such as The Necromancers, a cautionary tale about the dangers of spiritualism, or with futuristic fantasies, such as Lord of the World" (Joseph Pearce). A 1940 film, Spellbound (aka "The Spell of Amy Nugent") was based on the Necromancers. With a 32-page publisher's catalogue "for the Autumn of 1909" inserted after the text. Barron. Horror Literature 3-18; Sullivan. The Penguin Encyclopedia of Horror and the Supernatural; Tymn. Horror Literature; Wilson, Shadows in the Attic; Bleiler. The Guide to Supernatural Fiction. Pearce. Catholic Literary Giants: A Field Guide to the Catholic Literary Landscape.

Price: $200.00

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