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The Works of M.P. Shiel
M.P. Shiel
Matthew Phipps Shiel (1865-1947), was born July 21, 1865, in Montserrat, West Indies. His father, a ship-owner, shopkeeper, and lay Methodist preacher had laid claim to the small rocky Leeward island of Redonda, of which his son was crowned king on his 15th birthday. Beginning to write at 11, Shiel was educated in Barbados, then London, England. Shiel spoke seven languages and served as an interpreter before trying his hand at medicine and teaching mathematics. Shiel was an active man, jogging six miles a day into his 70s and practicing mountaineering and yoga. Married twice, Shiel was "an eager womanizer" fathering several illegitimate children. Impressed at an early age by the works of Edgar Allen Poe, and given his knowledge of many languages, Shiel's poetic prose was idiosyncratically unique, being compared by some to improvisational jazz, by others to stylistic sound effects. Shiel has been accused by some of anti-Semitism, but others suggest he used the racist views of his time as a literary device to ultimately discredit racism an expound his own peculiar belief system. Towards the end of his life Shiel adopted an anti-Christian stance based on scientific knowledge over hope ("ignorance") and completed an analysis and retelling of the Gospel of Matthew. Several of his works toy with eugenics and the Nietzschean übermensch concept, though the latter under a communal rather than individualistic form, and not as something inherent in a race or creed, but rather a status achieved through learning. During his life Shiel wrote 25 novels and numerous short-stories, the best of which he produced between 1895 and 1905. These include Prince Zaleski (1895), Shapes of Fire (1896), Cold Steel (1899), Contraband of War (1899), The Purple Cloud (1901) and Lord of the Sea. Shiel died on February 17, 1947, at a hospital in Chichester.

ISFDB Bibliography
Biography/Bibliography
Biography/Bibliography-2
Kingdom of Redonda-1
Kingdom of Redonda-2
Bison Books ed. of The Purple Cloud
Shiel/Gawsworth related papers at the University of Iowa
JDS Books/Vainglory Press
A. Reynolds Morse Collection of M.P. Shiel
Shiel as a mystery writer
E-TEXT: 5 stories
E-TEXT: "Arthur Machen"
E-TEXT: "The Case of Euphemia Raphash", also here
E-TEXT: "A Torture by Hope" by Villiers de l'Isle-Adam, translated by M.P. Shiel
E-TEXT: "L'Abri" by Malcolm M. Ferguson
E-TEXT: "Dweller in the Tomb of Mausolus: The Return of Prince Zaleski" by Philip Lister
E-TEXT: "Two Kings of Redonda: M.P. Shiel and John Gawsworth" by Jon Wynne-Tyson
BOOK REVIEW: The Purple Cloud: 1, 2 (in Japanese), 3 (in Italian), 4, 5, 6 (in French), 7

Past Feature Reviews
A review by Georges T. Dodds

Volume 2. The Shielography Updated. Part 1
Besides of a couple of late short story collaborations with his literary executor John Gawsworth (no, not Gawsworthy), the vast majority of the material in this volume is bibliographical, detailing various editions of Shiel's books, his appearances in periodicals, and non-fictional writings by and about him. Some of this material is worth reading once over for some of the anecdotes and incidental comments about Shiel, his contemporaries and the publishing milieu of the time, but in general this volume is only really of appeal to the Shiel collector or student.

Table of Contents
Volume 2. The Shielography Updated. Part 1
Contents and Details Pages
Contents 9
Illustrations by Robert Arrington     List of original illustrations 10
Illustrations 11
Foreword 13
1. Checklist of the various editions of the novels and short stories of M.P. Shiel 15
2. The Collations
Notes on collations
1895-1901
Prince Zaleski
The Rajah's Sapphire
Shapes in the Fire
The Yellow Danger
Contraband of War
Cold Steel
The Man-Stealers
1901-1914
The Lord of the Sea
The Purple Cloud
The Weird O' It
Unto the Third Generation
The Evil That Men Do
The Lost Viol
The Yellow Wave
The Last Miracle
This Knot of Life
The Isle of Lies
The Pale Ape
The Dragon a.k.a. The Yellow Peril
1923-1937
Children of the Wind
How the Old Woman Got Home
The Yellow Peril
Dr. Krasinski's Secret
The Black Box
This Above All a.k.a. Above All Else
Say Au R'voir But Not Goodbye
The Invisible Voices
The Poems of M.P. Shiel
The Young Men are Coming
The Best Short Stories of M.P. Shiel
Science, Life and Literature
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A Note on the Serializations and the Three Future East-West War Novels by A. Reynolds Morse
The Yellow Danger 1898
The Yellow Wave (1905)
The Dragon (1913)
The Yellow Peril (1929)
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3. The short works of M.P. Shiel     Contents of short story collections
Contents
Introduction
Prince Zaleski
Shapes in the Fire
The Pale Ape
Here Comes the Lady
The Invisible Voices
The Best Short Stories of M.P. Shiel
Xélucha and Others
Prince Zaleski and Cummings King Monk
Some Short Stories
Stories not reprinted elsewhere
Stories unpublished and untraced
Stories not reprinted since last appearance in one of the five original collections
Collaborations: John Gawsworth and M.P. Shiel
Reprinted short stories
"Wayward Love" by M.P. Shiel
"The Missing Merchants" by M.P. Shiel and John Gawsworth
"The Return of Cummings Monk" by M.P. Shiel and John Gawsworth
"Maymia and M'Toma" by M.P. Shiel
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4. Miscellaneous Works by M.P. Shiel
Books, Anthologies, etc.
Periodicals and Newspapers
M.P. Shiel and Arthur Machen
 
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5. Known manuscripts, corrected texts proofs, typescripts, published and unpublished 365
6. Bibliography: M.P. Shiel
In Books
In Periodicals, etc.
 
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Introduction Volume 1 Volume 2 Volume 3 Volume 4 Additional Material

Copyright © 2002 Georges T. Dodds

Georges Dodds is a research scientist in vegetable crop physiology, who for close to 25 years has read and collected close to 2000 titles of predominantly pre-1950 science-fiction and fantasy, both in English and French. He writes columns on early imaginative literature for WARP, the newsletter/fanzine of the Montreal Science Fiction and Fantasy Association and maintains a site reflecting his tastes in imaginative literature.

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