The Violet Apple

  • Title: The Violet Apple
  • Author: David Lindsay J.B. Pick
  • ISBN: 9780283984426
  • Page: 371
  • Format: None
  • The Violet Apple The Violet Apple was written in and after its rejection by publisher John Long the author revised it between and There is a record of it having been refused once before Lindsay withdre
    The Violet Apple was written in 1924 and after its rejection by publisher John Long, the author revised it between 1925 and 1926 There is a record of it having been refused once before Lindsay withdrew it It finally saw publication in America in a joint volume together with The Witch in 1976 It concerns an heirloom that is reputed to contain pips from the Tree of LThe Violet Apple was written in 1924 and after its rejection by publisher John Long, the author revised it between 1925 and 1926 There is a record of it having been refused once before Lindsay withdrew it It finally saw publication in America in a joint volume together with The Witch in 1976 It concerns an heirloom that is reputed to contain pips from the Tree of Life in the Garden of Eden, and when the heirloom is broken, someone plants the seeds, which grow forth a stunted apple tree, which blooms and gives fruit to two violet apples A man and a woman separately eat of the fruits, and experience a metaphysical raising of consciousness Douglas A Anderson.

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    About David Lindsay J.B. Pick


    1. Librarian Note There is than one author in the GoodReads database with this name See this thread for information David Lindsay was a Scottish author now most famous for the philosophical science fiction novel A Voyage to Arcturus.Lindsay was born into a middle class Scottish Calvinist family who had moved to London, tho growing up he spent much time in Jedburgh, where his family was from Altho awarded a university scholarship, he was forced by poverty to enter business, becoming a Lloyd s of London insurance clerk He was very successful but, after serving in WWI, at age forty, he moved to Cornwall with his young wife, Jacqueline Silver, to become a full time writer He published A Voyage to Arcturus in 1920 It sold 596 copies before being remaindered This extremely strange work was not obviously influenced by anyone, but further reading shows links with other Scottish fantasists e.g Geo MacDonald It was in its turn a central influence on C S Lewis s Out of the Silent Planet.Lindsay attempted to write commercially with his next work The Haunted Woman 1922 , but this was barely successful than Voyage He continued writing novels, including the humorous potboiler The Adventures of Monsieur de Mailly, but after Devil s Tor in 1932 he found publication increasingly difficult and spent much time on his last work The Witch, published posthumously He and his wife opened a Brighton boarding house They did not prosper and their marriage underwent considerable strain The house was damaged by the first bomb to fall on Brighton in WWII In his bath at the time, Lindsay never recovered from the shock His death from infection caused by a tooth abscess was unrelated to the bomb.A Voyage to Arcturus has been described as the major underground novel of the 20th century The secret of Lindsay s apparent strangeness lies in his metaphysical assumptions A gnostic, he viewed the real world as an illusion which must be rejected in order to perceive genuine truth In The Haunted Woman, the two main characters discover a room which exists only some of the time Together there they see clearly and express themselves honestly In The Violet Apple, the fruit is that eaten by Adam and Eve The description of its effects is a startling, lyrical episode in a novel otherwise concerned with ordinary matters.Lindsay s austere vision of reality may have been influenced by Scandinavian mythology After being out of print for decades, his work has become increasingly available He is now seen as being a major Scottish fantasist of the 20th century, the missing link between George Macdonald and modern writers such as Alasdair Gray who have also used surrealism and magic realism.Arcturus was produced as a 35mm feature film by William J Holloway in 1971 It was the first film funded by a National Endowment for the Arts and has recently been re released.Harold Bloom has also been interested, even obsessed, with Lindsay s life and career, going as far as to publish The Flight to Lucifer, which he thought of as a Bloomian misprision, an homage and deep revision of Arcturus, i Bloom admits his late comer imitation is overwhelmed by Lindsay s great original.Bibliography A Voyage to Arcturus, 1920 The Haunted Woman, 1922 Sphinx, 1923 The Adventures of Monsieur de Mailly, 1926 Devil s Tor, 1932 The Violet Apple The Witch, 1976 A Christmas Play, 2003 Further reading The Strange Genius of David Lindsay An Appreciation by J B Pick, E H Visiak Colin Wilson, 1970 The Life Works of David Lindsay by Bernard Sellin, 1983 David Lindsay s Vision by David Power, 2005


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    1. Though this morning I was glad to be done with this book, this afternoon it exerts a strange pull on me. There is a weird power in every book of Lindsay’s I’ve read, which I partially attribute to his grim determination to put into exact words the extra-lingual details of his metaphysics, especially as words did not seem to come too easily to him. He was a man who surely needed to express his philosophy, for his own personal benefit, but for some reason he chose to use fiction as his vehicle [...]

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