Maurice Magre (1877-1941) was one of the most far-ranging and
extravagant French writers of fantastic fiction in the first half of the
20th century, and perhaps the finest of them, because of the fertility
and versatility of his imagination and the manner and purpose for which
he deployed it.
This volume, the first of a series of twelve dedicated to Magres
works, offers thirteen stories mostly written between 1900 and 1905, that
belong to the genre called conte merveilleux, often inadequately translated
as fairy tales, but more accurately rendered as tales
of enchantment, or, in this case, disenchantment.
Although these stories might be considered atypical of Magres work,
variants of the symbolic figure of Claire dAmour continued to recur
in his work. The flower of youth was replaced in the fullness of time
by other blooms, but that motif remained perennial in numerous variations.
Le Premier amour du docteur Faust [Dr. Fausts First Love, 1902]
Marinette et le vieil ondin [Marinette and the Old Water-Sprite, 1902]
Histoire merveilleuse de Claire dAmour [The Marvelous Story of Claire
La Fleur de jeunesse [The Flower of Youth, 1903]
Histoire dun grenadier qui navais pas de chance [The Story
of an Unlucky Grenadier, 1903]
Le Marchand de jouets [The Toy Merchant, 1903]
Le Pauvre musician et le petit génie [The Poor Musician and the
Little Genie, 1903]
La Poupée [The Doll, 1903]
Histoire de Lili-des-Roses et du prince nègre [The Story of Lili-des-Roses
and the Black Prince, 1903]
La Dernière Sirène [The Last Siren, 1905]
Le Berger roi [The Goatherd King, 1905]
Les trois métiers de Jeannet [Jeannets Three Professions,
Introduction, Afterword and Notes by Brian Stableford.
Cover by Mike Hoffman
Published by Black Coat Press in August 2017