Mademoiselle de Luberts first fantastic tale, published
in 1737, was the striking original Tecserion in which the eponymous king
of the Land of Ostriches is madly in love with Belzamire, Princess of
Flowers, who herself dotes on the Kings nephew, Melidor. The story
is replete with elaborate descriptions of strange societies, including
one located on Venus.
The fascination extravagantly displayed in her stories with the metamorphoses
of humans into animals is reflected in the ambiguous naming of realms
and individuals. Such metamorphoses are a common motif within the genre,
but no other writer ever deployed it with the same intensity and fascination
as Mademoiselle de Lubert.
Both Princess Camion and Prince Frozen and Princess Sparkling
(1743) strike a better balance between surreal extravagance and narrative
discipline, but remain flamboyant and intent on defying conventional expectations.
There is justice in the fact that Princess Camion is now her best
known work by virtue of the availability on line of a video of a 2014
dramatization by a French theater company.
CONTENTS: La Princesse Camion (1743)
Tecserion; or, The Prince of Ostriches
Princess Lionnette and Prince Coquerico
Prince Frozen and Princess Sparkling
Introduction and Notes by Brian Stableford
Cover by Mike Hoffman
Published by Black Coat Press in September 2018