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Henri de Régnier (1864-1936) was by far the most prolific and the most popular of the Symbolist writers. His high fantasy stories, collected in La Canne de jaspe (1897) and Histoires Incertaines (1919), both included in this volume with several additional genre tales, were best-selling books, reprinted numerous times and still in print today.
A Byronesque man born out of his time, spiritually anchored in the 18th century, Régnier updated classic fairy tales and told stories of ghosts, monsters and creatures from Faerie, all set against the cold palaces and enchanted forests of the past centuries. In this classic of high fantasy, you will discover untold tales of Bluebeard and Scheherazade, learn of the legends of the Lady of the Seven Mirrors and the Knight Who Fell Asleep in the Snow, marvel at the adventures of Hermagore the Fisherman and Monsieur d'Amercoeur, who frequented the beds of princesses and the courts of kings, who bore the sword and wore the mask...CONTENTS:
Synbolist Tales [Contes à soi-même, 1894 + La Canne de Jaspe, 1897]:
Instead of a Frontispiece
Bluebeard's Sixth Marriage (1892)
Eustase and Humbeline (1893)
Manuscript Found in a Cupboard
The Tale of the Lady of the Seven Mirrors
The Knight Who Fell Asleep in the Snow
The Living Doorknocker
The Unexpected Cup
The Black Trefoil [Le Trefoil Noir, 1895]
Uncertain Stories [Histoires Incertaines, 1919]:
The Sealed Pavilion
Marceline; Or, The Fantastic Punishment
Addendum: The Last Chapter of "Marceline"
The Widowhood of Scheherazade [Le Veuvage de Shéhérazade, 1925]
Paradise Regained [Le Paradis retrouvé, 1937]
Introduction and Notes by Brian Stableford.
Cover by Mike Hoffman
Published by Black Coat Press in March 2012
The Brian Stableford Website