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Zanoni: A Rosicrucian Tale

Jim rated it liked it Jun 16, Zanoni and Majnour chose different kinds of immortality. Duke UP, Fielding, et al Durham: Lord Lytton was a florid, popular writer of his day, who coined such phrases as “the great unwashed”, “pursuit of the almighty dollar”, “the pen is mightier than the sword”, and the infamous incipit “It was a dark and stormy night.

Irvyne enjoyed a kind of half-life in the circulating libraries, it seems at least plausible that Bulwer’s choice of a title was influenced by Shelley, while, as a recent editor points out, Shelley’s second novel clearly owes more than just its title to Godwin’s St. Bulwer-Lytton was in fact a fine and imaginative writer and one of the most interesting of all 19th century literary figures.

The introductory bulwwer to the story of Zanoni recounts how the narrator, in his younger days, had been keen to become acquainted with the true origin and tenets of the Rosicrucian order. This is the end, my lyttno, this is the end I ask not the blinded eyes but the awakened sense” I: And yet dost thou not more admire — him who dies for another — Since I have loved her, Mejnour, it seems almost cowardice to elude the grave which devours the hearts that wrap us in their folds.


Views Read Edit View history. Leon before him, he enters “with the greatest diligence into the search of the philosopher’s stone and the elixir of life” in the hope that he might “banish disease from the human frame, and render man invulnerable to any but a violent death. According to bukwer author C.

Leon in both its lygton and in Shelley’s handling of the theme of the elixir of life. This book is more profitable to the young than any other epic or drama I can think of. He is a criminal magician who employs up-to-date tools.

Bulwer-Lytton’s Zanoni

It so chanced that some buulwer ago, in my younger days, whether of authorship or life, I felt the desire to make myself acquainted with the true origins and tenets of the singular sect known by the name of Rosicrucians. But are all the Laws of Nature yet discovered? It is well attested, Godwin points out, that mental attitude can retard or assist convalescence, and that disease seems often if not always to be “the concomitant of confusion,” delirium, or insanity.

Although Wollstonecraft’s references to occult beliefs are made largely in passing, the Vindication is pervaded with a general skepticism about special claims that do not rest on verifiable data.

Oxford UP, x andfrom which all further quotations are taken. Charles Scribner’s Sons, 3: In a column called “The Lounger” which Bulwer wrote during his period as editor of New Monthly Magazinehe described Godwin as “a link between a past age, full of the strife and roar of newly-aroused elements of thought, and an age to which I fancy that I behold ourselves already approaching — when those bilwer will no longer struggle against each other, and men will have discovered that the severest conflicts rarely in the Moral World produce the most lasting victories.

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Kytton songbird to Coelho’s hymn. The result is that, once enmeshed in the political scheming of such zealots as the sinister Jean Nicot, the lives of all three of them are in danger.


Reggie La Boe rated it did not like it Dec 17, I’m nearly Glyndon’s age yet identify mostly with Zanoni, and this completely coincidental likening to both of Bulwer-Lytton’s protagonists makes the novel an extremely personal work for me.

Bulwer employs a number of the occult and Gothic devices we have just surveyed. I feel it — the earth grows upon my spirit.

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But in Ginotti’s case the efforts derive from a selfishness implicit from the very start of the process, whereas Victor’s motive, at least initially, is to provide benefaction to the human race, which in turn would bless him for his efforts. Leonand is to that extent a post-rationalist discourse on political justice which implicitly queries its own Godwinian origins. The Philosopher’s Stone itself has seemed no visionary chimera to some of the soundest chemists that even the present century has produced.

His Nature, Productions, and Discoveries. Priestley points out, had substituted imagination for reason as the instrument of reform, and ascribed unselfish acts to “an exalted point of self-oblivion” inwhich spontaneous love triumphs over the rationalist’s calculation of consequences Political Justice in: Juan Date: It was then the period, when a feverish spirit of change was working its way to that hideous mockery of human aspirations, the Revolution of France.

The results of their researches may lead the protagonist or someone near him to run athwart legal authority, such as St.