The Selected Prose of John Gray
Publication Year: 2092
Published by: ELT Press
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Title Page, Copyright
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I wish to thank Father Timothy Radcliffe, O.P., Prior Provincial of the Dominican Order in England, for permission to use the Gray material, both written and photographic, originally from their archives in Blackfriars, Edinburgh, and now in the National Library of Scotland. ...
Introduction: John Gray's Prose
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TO MOST READERS, John Gray is known, if at all, as a minor poet of the nineties. Almost every anthology of the decade lists two or three of his poems, usually taken from his first book, Silverpoints. Published in 1893, Silverpoints achieved a certain notoriety for its "decadent" verse, although its reputation may have sprung, at least ...
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AS AN EDITOR, I followed the principle that he who edits best, edits least. John Gray has his own quite idiosyncratic style, pardy due to the fact that he was self-educated. In the earlier pieces, the grammar is not always secure (although sometimes it is merely awkward). In the later essays, he appears to have written as he would have talked, ...
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The Dial, 1 (1889),9-13. which was to set new standards in England Charles Ricketts and Charles Shannon, were engravers and art collectors. Ricketts, whose mother was French, was particularly knowledgeable about the new artistic and literary movements in France and, as such, was almost certainly the one to persuade Gray (described during this period as one of his "disciples") to write ...
"The Great Worm"
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...dragon, and the style of Gray's story plays whimsically with the medieval! modem vogue of the Pre-Raphaelites. Ultimately its gentle mockery extends even to the writer himself, whom the Epilogue reveals to be the dreamer of the tale. Gray was to use the dream-vision again in one of his successful Silverpoints poems, "Mishka," and, at the end of his life, in the curious fantasy of Park. ...
"The Person in Question"
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Person in Question (Buenos Aires: Colombo, 1958), with a note by Patricio Gannon, and later reprinted as "The Person in Question," Antigonish Re view, 1 (1971),67-75; and "Appendix I: The Person in Question:' In the A crucial piece for the interpretation of Gray's life and work, "The Person in Question" was probably written during the summer and autumn of 1892, when ...
"The Modern Actor"
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...originally a lecture given in conjunction with Oscar Wilde to the Playgoers' Club on 7 February 1892. In their separate lectures, both Gray and Wilde proposed a common theme, the radical redefinition of the actor: Wilde arguing that puppets would be preferable to actors; Gray that the true actor is none other than the vaudeville perfonner. Their obvious collaboration in this perfonnance further ...
"The Loves of the Age of Stone"
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..."love," and finally dismiss it The Butterfly, 1 (July 1893),142-151. power struggles which define its society. Gray's interest in the primitive-which he retained to the end of his life-is evident in his knowledge of neolithic artefacts and customs. But the fiction owes its success less to such realism than to the severe suppression of emotion and economy of language: a recoil from the "purple ...
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Maupassant" (p. 77). Gray's father, a wheelwright, was clearly a model for "Old Gouth" --and his perversity might reflect a family trait, as Gray himself at this time often consciously acted against the grain. Gray also turns his own experience as an apprentice in the Woolwich Arsenal to good use in the detailing of trade The original has three illustrations signed by o. Eckhard (reproduced on the ...
"The Advantages of Civilization"
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...came with a missionary priest and nun to stay with Andre Raffalovich in London. Gray's sister recalls that her brother was "very interested" in Mtembu. Raffalovich later wrote that "Mtembu ... wore a sailor suit; he shuddered when offered a pear; he had been that day to the British Museum, and with his pocket statuette of St. Joseph and his gestures he conveyed to us the conviction that he had seen ...
"The Yellow Princess"
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Born Heine, a grand-niece of the poet, she was the widow of the Duc de Richelieu, marrying her second husband, Prince Albert Honore Charles of Monaco, in 1889. She was known as a great patron of art and artists. In "The Diner-Out" (Horizen, October 194-1) A.].A. Symons offers an imaginative account of an actual dinner party given in 1891 at Claridge's by Frank Harris for the Princess, ...
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...oile written above it in the hand of Gray's companion, Andre Raffalovich. Raffalovich was also responsible for two minor stylistic changes near the end of young, rich, sleek, prosperous, they are admired, envied even; who knows? They are so ornamental and life deals with them so kindly. They married for love (so-called), and yet not unwisely from the ...
"The Redemption of Durtal"
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...late nineteenth century. Its hero, the dandy Des Esseintes, is succeeded in La-Bas and En Route by Durta!, whose spiritual progress from Satanism through MysticiSm to a formal conversion to the Catholic Church parallels Huysmans's Although this review once again underlines Gray's claim to being a literary mediator between France and England, at the time it was written Gray's literary ...
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...tion, New York Public Library), that The Pageant, 1 (1896),20-36. himself to the poetry that was to appear in Spiritual Poems (1896) and was thus preoccupied with spiritual issues. It is worth noting also that 1893 was the year that his mother (now a widow) converted from her native Evangelical (Methodist?) sect to Roman Catholicism; subsequently; Gray's two younger ...
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The Pageant, 2 (1897), 113-134. Ed' b h A h ' f cIs h III urg, s ort tIme a terwar e above" (the holograph copy is dated 18 May 1894) which was to form the nucleus of his Spiritual Poems (1896), Jacopone da Todi was so much a spiritual mentor that Gray later used his name as his own in correspondence As in "Niggard Truth," the opening initial in the 1897 printing is illuminated ...
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After he was dismissed as art editor of The Yellow Book in the spring of 1895, Beardsley was supported by commissions, and later by a regular allowance, from Andre Raffalovich. Raffalovich's concern also extended to Beardsley's spiritual well-being and, following his own conversion from Judaism to Cathol icism, Raffalovich, together with Gray, encouraged Beardsley's own conversion ...
"God-made and Machine-made"
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Dominican Order, to which Gray was affiliated as a Third Order (or lay) brother. In this, his initial contribution, Gray takes issue with the tyranny of the standard article, arguing that, while machinery actually enhances man's human ity, man should in tum enhance the machine-made product with those "artistic" touches that made the handmade article individual and memorable. ...
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...a day or two from this usual schedule and renularly, durinn the summers, spend two or three weeks walkinn in the Cotswolds and the West Country, usually with a companion. Here Gray posits that walkinn is essentially a spiritual exercise, "an ambit in imaninary space, where sensation is fruitful and its fruit imperish able" -a fruit namered also in his extended poem, The Long Road (192 6), ...
"Man's Visible Works"
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...tions to the natural scene. As an exercise in persuasion, it may well serve as a model as to how to examine conventional assumptions-such as those about the relation of man and nature-without resorting to full frontal attack. Gray proceeds obliquely, by means of a series of subtle aesthetic discriminations, finally leaving the reader in the air, with a picture of a steam engine delicately making ...
"Hymns: A Suppressed Preface"
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...book of hymns composed by Gray for use in his parish church of St. Peter's, Falcon Avenue, Edinburgh. In rejecting the "really vile use of vernacular hymns, which are chopped up arbitrarily in their singing," Gray defends the hymn as "a product of art: that is, skill." As far as I know, this essay is unique in requiring of hymns the kind of craftsmanship that Gray, as an artisan's son, also required of the ...
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...charts an expedition in early Janu Blackfriars, 7 (February 1926), 80-85. ciated with the poets James Hogg and Robert Burns. It was also intimately associated with Gray's own poetry. St. Mary's Loch inspired "Andante," and the numerous other rivers, lakes and brooks, compacted into one archtypal stream, form the impetus of Gray's "Ode" (both published in Poems 1931). (In order ...
"Trespassers Will Be Prosecuted"
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...language, indicating a shift in artistic direction. Previously, he had told stories. After the nineties, he does not trust the coherence of his writing to narrative, but relies instead on a kind of psychological coherence. The essays progress as a kind of meditation, usually held together by a proposed topic. In this essay and the next, however, the movement is from one phrase or group of words to another, ...
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...of which the first part (A-Ant) was published in 1884, but the last volume not until the year of this essay, 1928. The essential feature of the Dictionary is its historical method, by which the meaning and form of the words are traced from their earliest appearance on the basis of an immense number of quotations. Gray here exploits the playful possibilities of such a method. The result is a ...
Park: a fantastic story
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...(April 1932), 231-42. It was subsequently reprinted: Park: a fantastic story, edited with an introduction by Bernard Bergonzi (Aylesford, Kent: St. Albert's Press, 1966); Park: A Fantastic Story, edited with an introduction As a book, Park was printed at Gray's own expense by the small art-press of Rene Hague and Eric Gill at Pigotts, near Hughenden in Buckshire, and published ...
Notes to the Prose
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About the Typography
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Machinery is God-given. It is the nature of machinery to work true; and men should see that it does. Human intelligence should supply what is necessarily or accidentally lacking to machinery. Machine the servant should be servile, and man its master magisterial. We hope John Gray would agree that in designing this book we have brought human intelligence and a touch of the Arts & Crafts spirit to what is lacking in the ...
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Page Count: 316
Publication Year: 2092
Series Title: 1880-1920 British Authors Series