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My latest scholarly editorial project, Emilie Flygare-Carlén's haunting epic The Magic Goblet, is now available from Valancourt Books. It will soon be available via Amazon and Barnes & Noble and other shopping sites, but Valancourt Books is currently offering a special preorder discount for early orders.

Here's additional information:

The Magic Goblet (1845)
Emilie Flygare-Carlén
Edited by Amy H. Sturgis

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"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
ISBN 0-9792332-9-1


( 14 comments — Leave a comment )
Jun. 13th, 2007 06:34 pm (UTC)
This sounds crammed full of gothic goodness!!!!! :-)

Seiler... Sylar?
Jun. 15th, 2007 03:15 pm (UTC)
This sounds crammed full of gothic goodness!!!!! :-)

Well said! It's got all the gothic fixins', and lots of clever twists. It's also a very moving story, with remarkable characterization and very compelling women characters. I had so much fun working with it!

I hadn't made the Seiler-Sylar connection! Oh, wow! That's brilliant.

Jun. 13th, 2007 08:02 pm (UTC)
Very cool! I've only read a smattering of Scandinavian literature, but I've enjoyed it all. I'll have to check this out. Congratulations!
Jun. 15th, 2007 03:19 pm (UTC)
Thanks so much! It's an incredibly compelling story, beautifully crafted and told. I've become quite a fan of her writing; she definitely knew how to build suspense and create empathy with her characters. I thoroughly enjoyed working with it. The Scandinavian landscape, from the coast to the countryside, plays a huge role in the story, as well.
Jun. 13th, 2007 09:38 pm (UTC)
Sounds very, very interesting. Will have to keep it in mind for future consideration.
Jun. 15th, 2007 03:21 pm (UTC)
Thank you so much! I truly fell in love with the book. It's wonderfully crafted, with fascinating characters encountering compelling mysteries and moral dilemmas. And the descriptions are remarkable! It was a joy to work with this text. She definitely deserves to be read and remembered.
Jun. 14th, 2007 02:25 am (UTC)
Valencourt sure makes pretty books!

Congratulations, Amy!
Jun. 15th, 2007 03:22 pm (UTC)
I have to agree with you (since I had nothing to do with the artwork): they really do create beautiful covers, don't they?

Thanks so much for your kind words and wishes! *hugs*
Jun. 14th, 2007 03:57 am (UTC)
good luck to you!
Hope the book sells well!
Jun. 15th, 2007 03:23 pm (UTC)
Re: good luck to you!
Thank you so much! She really deserves to be read and remembered, so I hope it does, too! *fingers crossed* :) I appreciate your kind wishes.
Jun. 14th, 2007 12:31 pm (UTC)
I do hope you realize how many hours I put in painting that picture...

Yet another masterpiece from yours truely. I am amaze myself once again.
Jun. 15th, 2007 03:26 pm (UTC)
You never cease to amaze me. And to think, this from the same paintbrush that produced the covers for The Castle of Berry Pomeroy and The Joss, as well! Is there any style you cannot master? I bow before your genius.
Jun. 14th, 2007 10:46 pm (UTC)
OMGYAY! Thank you!
Jun. 15th, 2007 03:27 pm (UTC)
Thank you! Quite honestly, I love this book. It's so compelling, I think it really deserves to be read and remembered. I'm very excited to see it available again!
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