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About the author
L.H. Myers (1881–1944) was the son F.W.H. Myers, an essayist and investigator into parapsychology, and Evelyn Tennant, an accomplished amateur photographer and famous Victorian beauty. Myers attended Eton and Trinity College, Cambridge, traveled, underwent a transforming mystical experience in a Chicago hotel room, and fell in love with Elsie Palmer, a general’s daughter from Glen Eyrie, Colorado, whom he later married. His first novel, The Orissers (1922), was followed by The Clio (1925), Strange Glory (1936), and The Root and the Flower (originally issued as three separate books between 1929 and 1935). A final novel, The Pool of Vishnu (1940), revisits the Indian setting and some of the characters of The Root and the Flower while also reflecting Myers’s newfound commitment to communism. Increasingly unhappy in his later years, Myers struggled to write an auto-biography, but remained unsatisfied with the work, which he finally destroyed. He committed suicide in 1944.
Penelope Fitzgerald (1916-2000) graduated with honors from Somerville College, Oxford, and worked at a variety of jobs until, in 1975, she published her first book, a biography of the pre-Raphaelite master Edward Burne-Jones. She was the author of two other biographies and ten works of fiction, among them The Blue Flower, Human Voices, and The Bookshop.
In the press
"His philosophy, if it can be called so, or his sense of religious awe, seeps into the emotional life of his characters unawares. . . it puts this book far above those of his contemporaries.... For that matter we can scarcely think of a more valuable book, and fortunately enough, a more readable book." —The New York Times
"The writing throughout has a quiet distinction that leaves no room for the mannerisms of the self-conscious stylist, and matches to perfection the spontaneous refinement of Mr. Myers's thought." —Times Literary Supplement
"An exciting exotic adventure story... A remarkable work of imagination." —Iris Murdoch
"... Once you read the trilogy, the world is never quite the same again." —Spectator
"... A unique work; there is nothing like it in the field of English fiction.... The prevailing impression it leaves is one of beauty." —L.P. Hartley