Peter Ibbetson (Easton Press - The Collector's Library of Famous Editions)

By: George Du Marier; Preface-Daphne du Maurier

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Like New - No marks, appears new and unread. Gift Quality. . . . . . . . . . . .. . Peter Ibbetson, by George du Maurier. In ‘Peter Ibbetson’ romance and realism are so skillfully blended that one accepts the fairy-tale element almost unquestioningly. The book is a prose poem, and carries its reader into a new world of dreams and ideal beauty. The first chapters tell the hero’s life as a child in the country near Paris, where he lives happily with his parents and his delicate little friend Mimsey Seraskier, until his father and mother die, and he is taken away by his uncle. The next years are spent at school in England; then Peter quarrels with his bad, ill-bred uncle, and becomes a lonely, hard-working architect. He falls in love at first sight with Mary, the Duchess of Towers: “It was the quick, sharp, cruel blow, the coup de poignard, that beauty of the most obvious, yet subtle, consummate, and highly organized order, can deal to a thoroughly prepared victim.” Afterwards he has a strange, sweet dream of his boyhood, where Mary is the only living reality; and she tells him how to “dream true,” and thus live over again his happy life as a child in France. Finally Peter meets Mary face to face; they discover, he that she is Mimsey Seraskier, and both that they have dreamed the same dream together. After this interview they part forever. Peter hears that his uncle has told infamous lies about his mother, and in justified rage kills him, more by accident than design. On the night that he is sentenced to be hanged, Mary comes into his dream again and tells him that the sentence will be commuted, and that after she is separated from her wretched husband she will make his life happy. Then comes an ideal dream-life of twenty-five years, that must be read to be understood and appreciated, during which Mary’s outward life is spent in philanthropy and Peter’s is spent in jail. When she dies, and their mutual dream-life ends, Peter becomes wildly insane. She visits him once after her death, and gives him strength to recover and write this singular autobiography. He dies in a criminal lunatic asylum, we are told, and whether he was mad, or the story is true, is left to the imagination. ‘Peter Ibbetson’ was published in 1891, and was the first novel of the famous English artist.

Title: Peter Ibbetson (Easton Press - The Collector's Library of Famous Editions)

Author Name: George Du Marier; Preface-Daphne du Maurier

Categories: Literature,

Publisher: Easton Press: 1963

ISBN Number: B000KCL6TW

Size: Leather

Book Condition: Used - Like New

Seller ID: 9289