Algernon Blackwood Analysis

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Algernon Blackwood’s early life, especially his adventures in Canada and New York, was summarized in his autobiography Episodes Before Thirty (1923). He also wrote plays, several novels on mystical themes, and children’s novels.

Achievements

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In 1949 Algernon Blackwood received the British Television Society Medal for Outstanding Artistic Achievement for his popular storytelling programs. A month earlier he was named a Commander of the British Empire, an honor recognizing his service as writer, storyteller, and entertainer during World War II.

Bibliography

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“Algernon Blackwood: The Ghostly Tale’s Great Visionary.” Rod Serling’s Twilight Zone Magazine 5, no. 2 (May/June, 1985): 56-63. Written in the form of a fictitious interview, this article contains much useful information taken from Blackwood’s letters and published essays. Details his early life and development as a writer, his beliefs in spiritualism and reincarnation, and the personal experiences that were the sources of many of his stories.

Ashley, Mike. Algernon Blackwood: An Extraordinary Life. New York: Carroll & Graf, 2001. (Pb. in England as Starlight Man: The Extraordinary Life of Algernon Blackwood).

Ashley, Mike. Algernon Blackwood: A Bio-Bibliography. New York: The Greenwood Press, 1987. An extensive and detailed bibliography, listing newspaper articles, stories, novels, and other writings. Provides publishing histories and various indexes and cross-references, including an index to themes and settings in the stories. An extensive secondary bibliography lists reviews, articles, and books about Blackwood and his works through 1987. Also includes a complete, thirty-three page biography.

Joshi, S. T. “Algernon Blackwood: The Expansion of Consciousness.” In The Weird Tale. Austin, Tex.: University of Texas Press, 1990. A thoughtful overview, which divides Blackwood’s work into the categories of awe, horror, and stories of and for children. Explores the spiritual and religious underpinnings of the stories.

Joshi, S. T. Introduction to The Complete John Silence Stories , by Algernon Blackwood. Mineola, New York: Dover, 1997. A brief but excellent introduction to Blackwood and the Silence stories in particular. Compares John Silence to other psychic detectives and traces the probable...

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