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Clark Ashton Smith (1893–1961)

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Kanoninen nimi
Smith, Clark Ashton
Virallinen nimi
Smith, Clark Ashton
Muut nimet
Herrigo, Clerigo
Gaylord, Timeus
Gallardo, Clerigo
des Laurieres, Christophe
Smith, C. Ashton
Syntymäaika
1893-01-13
Kuolinaika
1961-08-14
Sukupuoli
male
Kansalaisuus
USA
Syntymäpaikka
Long Valley, California, USA
Kuolinpaikka
Pacific Grove, California, USA
Kuolinsyy
stroke
Asuinpaikat
Auburn, California, USA
Pacific Grove, California, USA
Koulutus
Long Valley School, California, USA
self taught
Ammatit
sculptor
painter
poet
short story writer
fantasy writer
Suhteet
Carol Dorman Jones (wife)
Agentti
CASiana Enterprises
Lyhyt elämäkerta
Clark Ashton Smith (January 13, 1893 – August 14, 1961) was an American writer and artist. He achieved early local recognition, largely through the enthusiasm of George Sterling, for traditional verse in the vein of Swinburne. As a poet, Smith is grouped with the West Coast Romantics alongside Joaquin Miller, Sterling, and Nora May French and remembered as "The Last of the Great Romantics" and "The Bard of Auburn". Smith's work was praised by his contemporaries. H. P. Lovecraft stated that "in sheer daemonic strangeness and fertility of conception, Clark Ashton Smith is perhaps unexcelled", and Ray Bradbury said that Smith "filled my mind with incredible worlds, impossibly beautiful cities, and still more fantastic creatures".

Smith was one of "the big three of Weird Tales, with Robert E. Howard and H. P. Lovecraft", but some readers objected to his morbidness and violation of pulp traditions. The fantasy critic L. Sprague de Camp said of him that "nobody since Poe has so loved a well-rotted corpse." Smith was a member of the Lovecraft circle and his literary friendship with Lovecraft lasted from 1922 until Lovecraft's death in 1937. His work is marked by an extraordinarily rich and ornate vocabulary, a cosmic perspective and a vein of sardonic and sometimes ribald humor.

Of his writing style, Smith stated: "My own conscious ideal has been to delude the reader into accepting an impossibility, or series of impossibilities, by means of a sort of verbal black magic, in the achievement of which I make use of prose-rhythm, metaphor, simile, tone-color, counter-point, and other stylistic resources, like a sort of incantation."

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Keskustelut

THE DEEP ONES: "The Charnel God" by Clark Ashton Smith, The Weird Tradition (lokakuuta 2022)
Did Clark Ashton Smith read Tolkien?, Council of Elrond (maaliskuu 2020)
Favorite Clark Ashton Smith Story, Weird Fiction (kesäkuu 2016)
THE DEEP ONES: "The Invisible City" by Clark Ashton Smith, The Weird Tradition (toukokuu 2015)
CAS In Penguin Classics!, The Weird Tradition (toukokuu 2014)
THE DEEP ONES: "Genius Loci" by Clark Ashton Smith, The Weird Tradition (marraskuu 2013)
THE DEEP ONES: "Necromancy in Naat" by Clark Ashton Smith, The Weird Tradition (helmikuu 2012)
Clark Ashton Smith, The Weird Tradition (joulukuu 2011)

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beskamiltar | 1 muu arvostelu | Apr 10, 2024 |
This collection published in the USA as part of the fantasy series edited by Lin Carter brought together the stories by Smith set in Atlantis and its remnants, and other lost lands such as Lemuria. This meant that I had already read quite a few of them in the Panther 1970s series books. These included "The Last Incantation", "The Death of Malygris", "The Double Shadow" and "A Voyage to Sfanomoë" of the Atlantian stories and "An Offering to the Moon" and "The Uncharted Isle" of the Lemuria and similar tales. Carter made up the material into book length by adding various assorted stories and poems which did not fit into any of the categories used in other Smith collections in his series so again "The Willow Landscape" was a previous read - however, I like this story except for the rather bathetic final paragraph- and "The Invisible City".

Overall I would rate this as a 3-star read as the stories I don't find interesting are balanced out by others I enjoyed.
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kitsune_reader | Nov 23, 2023 |
This collection of short stories is part two of a reprint of the first collection of Smith's work, published by Arkham House in 1941. These stories are less linked by their setting than in volume 1 and instead an attempt has been made to group them by theme, such as 'Judgments and Dooms'. Only the middle section stories share a setting of Smith's: in this case the mythical land of Hyperborea.

In some respects, I found the stories less satisfying than those in volume 1, as some are a bit 'so what' such as 'The Last Hieroglyph' - the sequence of events play themselves out to a long foreseen conclusion, and I wondered why the god had seen fit to summon those characters to their ends prematurely. 'Sadastor' is unusual in being a story told by a demon to cheer up a young lamia! 'The Death of Ilalotha' is a tale of the attractions of a woman, exerted sorcerously beyond the grave. 'Return of the Sorceror' provided some genuinely creepy moments until the reason why the narrator has been employed by a nervous recluse in an old house is revealed and I think over-egged: I would have found it more unsettling if the "noises off" which the narrator kept hearing were really caused by oversized rats.

The three stories in the Hyperborean section were the least successful for me as two of them had the 'so what' conclusions I had noted earlier. Only 'Ubbo-Sathla' provided more interest with its twist ending that the method used by a sorcerer to travel back in time to read certain stone carvings has the ironical result that the viewpoint shared by himself and his 1933 incarnation causes him to lack the intellectual capacity to even realise the original goal has been reached.

I enjoyed the stories in the last part of the book most. Under the heading 'Interplanetaries' is firstly 'The Monster of the Prophecy', a longer tale about a man who is taken to Antares by a being who has been living on Earth in the guise of a human. The alien society and eventual fate of the man, who is not told the real reason for his being saved from a suicide brought on by depression, has an interesting twist and - rarely for Smith - a happy ending.

I especially liked 'The Vaults of Yoh-Vombis' which is set on Smith's version of Mars, encountered in other collections: a Mars with just breathable air and the remnants of ancient civilisations, including a still-existing race. Two members of this race act as guides to a team of human archaeologists who want to explore a remote ruined city left behind mysteriously by an earlier Martian race. Being a modern reader rather than the 1930s readership who would originally have read these tales, one particular aspect acted as a spoiler as soon as the narrator described a mural found in subterranean tunnels beneath the ruin, because of its partial similarity to a famous film trope, but this story benefits from a driving plot, the building of suspense, action scenes, and less of Smith's tendency to overdo the purple prose and the use of a Thesaurus. The book finishes with a couple of two-page vignettes which are descriptions rather than stories.

The more enjoyable read of the final section brought up the rating for me to a solid 3 star read.
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kitsune_reader | 2 muuta kirja-arvostelua | Nov 23, 2023 |
This collection is a mixture weighted more towards the author's science fictional tales with the addition of some of his supernatural stories set in medieval France, and a few satirical or other stories with a dark humour. The memoir at the beginning was interesting. This was by E Hoffman Price who told of a number of visits he made to Smith over the years and which reveal among other things the stereotypical views of women common at the time: on one visit, Price's wife accompanies him but of course ends up in the kitchen with Smith's mother, even though Smith's mother actually did a lot of the marketing of her son's early books and therefore surely had something to add to the conversation!

The science fiction is mainly of the Edgar Rice Burroughs type, in that people can actually live on Mars, Venus or even Mercury, and such planets are populated not only by plants, but often by sentient lifeforms of various types. The characters are not really characters, but really vehicles for the action, and the real interest is in the strange settings and peculiar forms of life which were Smith's speciality.

Some stories, such as 'The Great God Awto', a skit based on a future civilisation's mistaken ideas of the place of the motor car in 20th century life, are rather heavy handed in both moral and humour, and I preferred the lighter touch of 'The Theft of Thirty-Nine Girdles' where an aged thief looks back on one of his favourite heists which he and his now deceased love carried out. I especially liked this story for being one of the few where the female lead is not relegated figuratively or otherwise to the kitchen. A pity that the author never seems to have tackled other such stories featuring this pairing, but I have now read all the collections I possess of this author's so it seems to have been a one-off. By contrast, 'The Root of Ampoi' centres around a misogynistic character - who, if the women in the community he intrudes into had not been eight feet tall, would have knocked his wife about to bring her into line.

Like many Smith stories, there are a fair share where the protagonist is either passive or else doomed or both, and after so many of those, it becomes quite a monotonous refrain. So given the mixture of good and bad, and the presence of at least one or two stories I liked, I can only rate this at 3 stars.
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