M.P. Shiel (Matthew Phipps Shiell) | First Editions
1865 - 1947
Matthew Phipps Shiell (21 July 1865 – 17 February 1947) – known as M. P. Shiel – was a prolific British writer of West Indiandescent. His legal surname remained "Shiell" though he adopted the shorter version as a de facto pen name. In his lifetime, Shiel published over 30 books, including 25 novels and various collections of short stories, essays and poems. He is remembered mostly for supernatural horror 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, and has been variously described as both a neglected masterpiece, and the best of all Last Man novels. Stephen King has cited Shiel's novel as an influence on his own novel, The Stand.
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New York, NY: G.P. Putman's, 1897. FIRST EDITION. Octavo, pp.vii, 424 . With 17 b/w illustrations including frontipiece, and cover art by Frank Berkeley Smith. In publisher's formerly-cream cloth with gilt titles to spine and pictorial colour stamping to upper board. Light internal browning and a slight reading lean. Cloth...