Ashe of Rings and Other Writings

Ashe of Rings and Other Writings

by Mary Butts
     
 
Includes a preface by Butts' biographer Nathalie Blondel. In the newly reissued classic first novel of modernist English writer Mary Butts, a drama reverberating with visionary energy, "Ashe Of Rings" enacts a struggle of rightful succession to the guardianship of site of sacred mystery. While World War I rages in the background, a young Englishwoman summons her band

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Includes a preface by Butts' biographer Nathalie Blondel. In the newly reissued classic first novel of modernist English writer Mary Butts, a drama reverberating with visionary energy, "Ashe Of Rings" enacts a struggle of rightful succession to the guardianship of site of sacred mystery. While World War I rages in the background, a young Englishwoman summons her band of friends to confront treachery and to fight her disinheritance from her mother.

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Mary Butts (1890'1937) reflected many of the fascinations and themes of the early Modernist movement (including an interest in the occult and spirituality, a belief in the regenerative power of the land, and a conviction that obsessive love offered a perfect metaphor of the creative process) in her fiction, poetry, and criticism, as this collection of her miscellaneous pieces once again demonstrates. (McPherson has already reissued several volumes of her fiction, as well as a biography of Butts.) Ashe of Rings, Butts's first novel, finds, in a young woman's struggle to preserve an ancient shrine in the British countryside, a kind of redemption in the wake of the First World War. Butts also addresses the complex spirituality of nature in a vigorous essay included here, 'Warning to Hikers.' 'Imagining Letters,' a novella, traces the course of a young woman's hopeless infatuation for a rootless young Russian �migr�. 'Traps for Unbelievers,' an essay in defense of faith in the unseen, and 'Ghosties and Ghoulies,' an informed and perceptive survey of the genre of the ghost story, demonstrate Butts's wide interests and her energetic, vivid prose style. A useful addition to the shelf of this little-known British writer's work.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780929701530
Publisher:
McPherson & Company
Publication date:
03/28/1998
Series:
Recovered Classics Ser.
Pages:
384
Product dimensions:
5.80(w) x 8.80(h) x 1.30(d)

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