Memoirs of a Midget

Memoirs of a Midget

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by Walter de la Mare
     
 

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"For centuries to come, this book will inspire imaginative people. Beyond all doubt, it will be an ingredient of future poetry."—Rebecca West

"It may be read with a great deal of simple enjoyment and then it sticks like a splinter in the mind."—Angela Carter

"It seems to me a perfect, utterly original novel, and no one but a poet could have&

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"For centuries to come, this book will inspire imaginative people. Beyond all doubt, it will be an ingredient of future poetry."—Rebecca West

"It may be read with a great deal of simple enjoyment and then it sticks like a splinter in the mind."—Angela Carter

"It seems to me a perfect, utterly original novel, and no one but a poet could have written it…The book is totally idiosyncratic and yet there isn't a line you couldn't identify yourself with."—Harry Mathews

Miss M., the narrator of these fictional memoirs, is a diminutive young woman (though just how diminutive, the author never says) with a "passion for shells, fossils, flints, butterflies, and stuffed animals." Miss M. tells of her early life as a dreamy orphan and, in particular, of her tempestuous twentieth year—in which she falls in love with a beautiful and ambitious full-sized woman and is courted by a male dwarf. Concluding that she must choose either to simply tolerate her difference or grow callous to it, Miss M. resolves to become independent by offering herself up as a spectacle in a circus.

"One of the strangest and most enchanting works of fiction ever written."—Alison Lurie, from her foreword

"De la Mare's masterpiece…It acts upon the reader like a ghostly visitation, at once unsettling and revelatory."—Washington Post

"Here is a great book."—New York Times Book Review

"Sentences, pages, whole chapters cause us to catch our breath."—Atlantic Monthly

"After a long period of neglect de la Mare may be beginning to be seen as the remarkable writer that he is."—John Bayley, New York Review of Books

Walter de la Mare (1873–1956) wrote numerous novels, short stories, essays, and poems. He was awarded the James Tait Black Memorial Prize for Memoirs of a Midget. Other major works include the children’s novel, The Three Royal MonkeysHenry Brocken, and The Return. His book Desert Islands is also available from Paul Dry Books.

Alison Lurie is the author of many highly praised novels as well as two collections of essays on children’s literature, Don’t Tell the Grown-Ups and Boys and Girls Forever. She has taught children’s literature and folklore at Cornell University for many years.

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"For centuries to come, this book will inspire imaginative people. Beyond all doubt, it will be an ingredient of future poetry."—Rebecca West

"It may be read with a great deal of simple enjoyment and then it sticks like a splinter in the mind."—Angela Carter

"It seems to me a perfect, utterly original novel, and no one but a poet could have written it…The book is totally idiosyncratic and yet there isn't a line you couldn't identify yourself with."—Harry Mathews

"One of the strangest and most enchanting works of fiction ever written."—Alison Lurie

"De la Mare's masterpiece…It acts upon the reader like a ghostly visitation, at once unsettling and revelatory."—Washington Post

"Here is a great book."—New York Times Book Review

"Sentences, pages, whole chapters cause us to catch our breath."—Atlantic Monthly

"After a long period of neglect de la Mare may be beginning to be seen as the remarkable writer that he is."—John Bayley, New York Review of Books

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781589880122
Publisher:
Dry, Paul Books, Incorporated
Publication date:
01/01/2004
Pages:
379
Product dimensions:
5.40(w) x 8.50(h) x 1.10(d)

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Walter de la Mare (1873-1956) wrote numerous novels, short stories, essays, and poems. He was awarded the James Tait Black Memorial Prize for Memoirs of a Midget. Other major works include the children's novel, The Three Royal Monkeys, Henry Broken, and The Return.

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Memoirs of a Midget 3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Quite entertaining. Like reading Jane Austen or Thomas Hardy. Each word is like a morsel for the imagination.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago