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Blackwood, Algernon: The Education of Uncle Paul. v1. 22 Jan 2022

A novel for adults about children, exploring the wonderful land of a lost childhood. A remarkable book about imagination and wonder.
Returning to England after twenty years in the Canadian wilderness, Paul is unused to adult company after so long in isolation, and emotionally he feels little more than a boy inside. His sister’s children introduce him to their imaginative games, “aventures” that take them all to another realm, the land beyond the Crack, where all the lost and disregarded things can be found — a land of beauty and mystery.


“A rare and exquisite book.… It is all of a strange loveliness, and, despite its aerial quality, of real sincerity.”
(— 1909 review, The Guardian)

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One of the foremost British writers of supernatural tales in the twentieth century, Algernon Blackwood (1869–1951) wrote stories in which the slow accumulation of telling details produced a foreboding atmosphere of almost unendurable tension. Though he wrote a number of horror stories, his most typical work seeks less to frighten than to induce a sense of awe. The literary critic S. T. Joshi stated, “His work is more consistently meritorious than any weird writer’s except Dunsany’s.”

Blackwood’s literary renown began in 1908 with the publication of a highly successful collection of stories, John Silence — Physician Extraordinary, featuring a “psychic doctor.” His two best known stories are probably “The Willows” and “The Wendigo”.

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The Education of Uncle Paul, by Algernon Blackwood (1869–1951), was first published in 1909. This ebook is in the public domain where copyright is “Life+70” or less, and in the USA.
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