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The King in Yellow

The King in Yellow by Robert W. Chambers
By: (1865-1933)

Robert W. Chambers (1865-1933) studied art in Paris in the late 80’s and early 90’s, where his work was displayed at the Salon. However, shortly after returning to America, he decided to spend his time in writing. He became popular as the writer of a number of romantic novels, but is now best known as the author of “The King In Yellow”. This is a collection of the first half of this work of short stories which have an eerie, other-worldly feel to it; but the stories in the second half are essentially love stories, strongly coloured by the author’s life as an artist in France.

Only the first half of the collection of stories is presented here: the earlier stories are all coloured by the background presence of a play, “The King In Yellow” itself, which corrupts those who read it, and opens them to horrible experiences and to visions of a ghastly other world, lit by dark stars and distorted skies. This half of the collection is completed by a few very short pieces and two rather strange and beautiful stories of love and time, loneliness and death.

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THE KING IN YELLOW

BY

ROBERT W. CHAMBERS

Original publication date: 1895

THE KING IN YELLOW IS DEDICATED TO MY BROTHER

Along the shore the cloud waves break, The twin suns sink beneath the lake, The shadows lengthen In Carcosa.

Strange is the night where black stars rise, And strange moons circle through the skies But stranger still is Lost Carcosa.

Songs that the Hyades shall sing, Where flap the tatters of the King, Must die unheard in Dim Carcosa.

Song of my soul, my voice is dead; Die thou, unsung, as tears unshed Shall dry and die in Lost Carcosa.

Cassilda's Song in "The King in Yellow," Act i, Scene 2.

THE REPAIRER OF REPUTATIONS

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"Ne raillons pas les fous; leur folie dure plus longtemps que la nôtre.... Voila toute la différence."

Toward the end of the year 1920 the Government of the United States had practically completed the programme, adopted during the last months of President Winthrop's administration... Continue reading book >>


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Reviews (Rated: 4 Stars - 2 reviews)

Reviewer: - July 17, 2015
Subject: Excellent Narration
Very well done
Reviewer: - May 31, 2015
Subject: The King in Yellow
Interesting stories, though I am not sure if they are good, maybe I am not bohemian enough to appreciate them? The narration is very good throughout.


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