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The author of the book: M.P. Shiel
Edition: Panther Science Fiction
Date of issue: 1969
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Language: English
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The Purple Cloud is a "last man" novel by British writer M.P. Shiel published in 1901. H.P. Lovecraft praised it as exemplary weird fiction, "delivered with a skill & artistry falling little short of actual majesty." Frank Belknap Long deemed it "the most unutterably terrible book ever written".
The novel exists in three distinct texts. It was 1st published as a serial, illustrated by J.J. Cameron, in The Royal Magazine, Vol V, 27-30, Vol VI, 31-32, 1-6/01. This, the shortest version, was photo-offset in Vol I of A. Reynolds Morse's monumental series, The Works of M.P. Shiel (1979-83). The original book text, the longest version, was published in London by Chatto & Windus in 9/01. The 1901 text was reprinted in London by Tartarus Press in 2004 in a superb edition with all the Cameron illustrations from the serial & a new Introduction by Brian Stableford. Hippocampus Press included the 1901 text, but without illustrations, in an omnibus volume, The House of Sounds & Others, edited by S.T. Joshi (2005). Shiel revised the novel in the '20s, by tightening the language, not changing the plot. This version was 1st published in London by Victor Gollancz Ltd (1929) & in NY by Vanguard Press (1930). This final version was the text most commonly reprinted in numerous subsequent editions. It's also been published in French, Italian & German.

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Ebook The Purple Cloud read Online! Matthew Phipps Shiel was a prolific British writer of West Indian descent. His legal surname remained "Shiell" though he adopted the shorter version as a de facto pen name.

He is remembered mostly for supernatural and scientific romances. His work was published as serials, novels, and as short stories. The Purple Cloud (1901; 1929) remains his most famous and often reprinted novel.

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