The Three Impostors; or, The Transmutations

Arthur Machen


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Broadview Press Ltd
16 December 2022
ISBN: 9781554815043
264 pages

From the publisher

First published in the height of the yellow nineties and in the shadow of the Oscar Wilde trials, Arthur Machen's The Three Impostors (1895) remains a relatively obscure text even as Machen receives increasing attention for his contributions to supernatural horror, the weird, and even science fiction. Situating this generically uncertain, richly multi-layered text in transnational traditions of the short-story cycle, the print culture of the 1890s, and the colonial scientific and material cultures of the fin de siecle, this edition shows that Machen's long-neglected text has a strong claim to our renewed attention today.An extensive selection of accompanying historical documents includes contemporary reviews, related literary inter-texts, and documents and images related to the book's publication history, design, and relationship to contemporary print culture.