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The Magic Goblet (1845)
Edited by Amy H. Sturgis
"A wild phantasmagoria of unmixed and unaccountable evil." - North American Review
Preparations are underway in the Swedish village of Hammarby for the reception of Rudolph Seiler, the young Norwegian architect who is coming to build the new church. But when Alfhild, the provost's daughter, accidentally shatters an antique goblet with a mysterious history, it seems to be an omen of future misfortune....
Seiler arrives and quickly inspires love in two women: Alfhild and Thelma, the fiancée of the insane and deformed Count Albano. But all is not what it seems. Behind his polished and handsome exterior, Seiler is cold and calculating, and it soon becomes clear that he has come to Hammarby for reasons other than to build the church. His real aim is vengeance, and the fulfilment of a generations-old curse!
Controversial in the 19th century for its depiction of the callous anti-hero Seiler and its honest treatment of the subject of divorce, The Magic Goblet was nonetheless one of Emilie Flygare-Carlén's most popular works. Once widely read and highly regarded both in her native Sweden and in the English-speaking world, Flygare-Carlén has long since fallen into obscurity. Recently her work has received new attention from scholars in Sweden, and this Valancourt Books edition gives English-speaking readers the opportunity to rediscover this important and fascinating writer.
July 2007, trade paper, $21.95