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Title: 'The More Subtle Inquisitor:' Arthur Machen as Early Reviewer of Dubliners for Grant Richards (Forthcoming)
Author(s): Ferguson, Christine
Contact Email: christine.ferguson@stir.ac.uk
Keywords: Arthur Machen
James Joyce
Grant Richards
Dubliners
The Hill of Dreams
Issue Date: 2018
Citation: Ferguson C (2018) 'The More Subtle Inquisitor:' Arthur Machen as Early Reviewer of Dubliners for Grant Richards (Forthcoming), Dublin James Joyce Journal, 9, pp. 122-134.
Abstract: This essay examines the welsh fantasy writer arthur machen’s hitherto unacknowledged role as an early reviewer of Dubliners for Grant richards. a political conservative and self-declared anti-modernist, machen nonetheless evinces a surprising sympathy for Joyce’s aesthetic ambition and sexual frankness in the short story collection, declaring it to be ‘utterly free [...] of the stale literary pastry which forms the stock-in-trade of most of our writers’. my article considers the implications of machen’s unlikely championship of Joyce for our understanding of the literary affinities and networks which connected popular and vanguard artists in the early modernist period. richards’s enlistment of machen as reader also sheds new light on the pair’s own, often fractious relationship, one that would anticipate Joyce’s later and equally fraught dealings with the publisher during the torturously slow route of Dubliners into print. connected through their shared business dealings with Grant richards, Joyce and machen also faced the similar challenges of publisher hesitancy and moral censorship. my article suggests how machen’s review, and the support for Joyce’s work it reveals, creates new directions for the comparative study of these two, very different writers.
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Notes: Research for this article was funded by a Princeton University Library Fellowship

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