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The King in Yellow (Point of View) Paperback – November 1, 2013

ISBN-13: 978-1463705039 ISBN-10: 1463705034

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  • Series: Point of View
  • Paperback: 202 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (November 1, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1463705034
  • ISBN-13: 978-1463705039
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 0.5 x 10 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
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Robert W. Chambers (1865-1933) was an American writer known for his influential early weird tales. He studied art at the École des Beaux-Arts and Académie Julian in Paris, but switched his focus to writing upon his return to the United States. After The King in Yellow and the subsequent collections The Maker of Moons and The Tree of Heaven, Chambers devoted himself exclusively to historical fiction never returning to the weird genre.

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Robert W. Chambers, The King in Yellow (Project Gutenberg, 1895)

The King in Yellow is best-remembered these days for being one of the seminal works behind the formation of the style of H. P. Lovecraft. Well, part of it, anyway (more on that later); as such, it's must-reading for Lovecraft fans, and its current public-domain status means it can be had for free from Gutenberg, not to mention the many, many companies who take Gutenberg tracts and repackage them (usually also for free, but be wary of paying for a Gutenberg file!) to circulate at Amazon, B&N, and other web outlets. Hey, free is a wonderful thing. And the unprepared Lovecraftian may appreciate that, given the dual nature of the book.

The King in Yellow is divided into two sections. The first is the one the shallower Lovecraft fans are going to want to read, a series of loosely-connected (sometimes very loosely-connected) stories centering around the titular tome, the first part of which, we are told, is deadly dull, but the second part of which is capable of either driving people mad or gifting them with unimaginable power. (Or, possibly, both.) At least, most of them are; the first clue you'll find that the thing is not a thematic whole is "The Demoiselle d'Ys", a (this is a minor spoiler, but only a minor one; most modern readers will pick up on it immediately, though readers in 1895 may not have) parallel-time story that has nothing at all to do with The King in Yellow. Then comes the second half of the book, which is entirely different. It, too, is a series of loosely-connected vignettes, this one concerning an artists' enclave in Paris.
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