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Armed with Madness

By Mary Butts & Paul West &
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Publisher Description

A psychosexual quest for spiritual transformation leads to madness and death on the Cornish countryside in this 1928 “masterpiece of modern prose” (London Review of Books).

To escape the devastation of World War I, a group of young bohemians decamp to the remote southwestern coast of England. Among the close-knit circle are Scylla Taverner, her brother Felix, and her soon-to-be lover Picus, all of whom are determined to forge a new morality free of the repressive forces that nearly destroyed civilization.

When the group discovers an ancient chalice that may be the Holy Grail, they become obsessed with unleashing its spiritual power. But their quest leads them down a terrifying path of exhilarating possibility and violent consequence.

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About Mary Butts

Mary Buttswas a distinctive and original voice within the Modernism movement. She was a prodigy of style, learning, and energy, who wrote with powerful insight about the Lost Generation. She was born in 1890 in Dorset, England, a great-granddaughter of Sir Thomas Butts, William Blake’s patron. By the time of her premature death in 1937, her work had gained a formidable reputation, hailed for her brave originality and stylistic panache. Her many stories, novels, and poems were compared with the work of Katherine Mansfield, D. H. Lawrence, and T. S. Eliot. Her career was championed by Ezra Pound, Robert McAlmon, Ford Madox Ford, Charles Williams, and May Sinclair.

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