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Book Title: The Ship of Ishtar|
The author of the book: Abraham Grace Merritt
Format files: PDF
The size of the: 38.35 MB
Edition: Collier Books
Date of issue: May 1st 1991
ISBN 13: 9780020228714
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Abraham Grace Merritt (January 20, 1884-August 21, 1943) - known by his byline, A. Merritt - was an American editor and author of works of fantastic fiction. Merritt's writings were heavily influenced by H. Rider Haggard and Gertrude Barrows Bennett (writing as Francis Stevens), with Merritt having "emulated Bennett's earlier style and themes." Merritt's stories typically revolve around conventional pulp magazine themes: lost civilizations, hideous monsters, etc. His heroes are gallant Irishmen or Scandinavians, his villains treacherous Germans or Russians (in accordance with the politics of the time) and his heroines often virginal, mysterious and scantily clad. What sets Merritt apart from the typical pulp author, however, is his lush, florid prose style and his exhaustive, at times exhausting, penchant for adjective-laden detail. Merritt's fondness for micro-description nicely complements the pointillistic style of Bok's illustrations, and often serves to highlight and radicalize the inherent fetishistic tendencies of pulp Sci Fi.
Read information about the authorAbraham Grace Merritt, wrote under the name of A.Merritt, born in New Jersey, moved as a child to Philadelphia, Pa. in 1894, began studying law and than switched to journalism . Later a very popular writer, starting in 1919, of the teens , twenties and thirties, horror and fantasy, genres. King of the purple prose, most famous, The Moon Pool, a south seas, lost island civilization, hidden underground and The Ship of Ishtar, an Arabian Nights, type fable, and six other novels and short stories collections ( he had written , at first, just for fun ).Nobody could do that variety, better, sold millions of books in his career. The bright man, became editor of the most successful magazine during the Depression, The American Weekly , with a fabulous $100,000, in salary. A great traveler, in search of unusual items, he collected. His private library of 5,000 volumes, had many of the occult macabre kind .Yet this talented author is now largely been forgotten.
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