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Hope Mirrlees

Hope Mirrlees(1887-1978)
Hope Mirrlees‘ fantasy novel Lud-in-the-Mist was published in 1926 and is now considered a classic. She was friends with writers T.S. Elliott, Virginia Woolf, and William Butler Yeats. There’s an interesting description of Hope Mirrlees and her novel here.

Lud-in-the-Mist: Unconventional and terribly lovely

Lud-in-the-Mist by Hope Mirrlees

I find myself in something of an awkward position with Lud-in-the-Mist, which is in part why it’s difficult to review. The fact of the matter is that while Lud-in-the-Mist is unequivocally an excellent novel, it is not always an enjoyable novel, and there is a large population of readers out there who may find it close to nauseating.

Lud-in-the-Mist is Hope Mirrlees’s only fantasy novel, and indeed the only one of her three novels for which she is remembered (and that, for the most part in recent years, because Neil Gaiman has put in a good word or two for the book). To say that the text is unconcerned with market appeal is a vast understatement. This is a dense, often beautiful, just as often frustrating book rife... Read More