Olaf Stapledon (Leslie A. Fiedler) pdf, epub, doc

One of the most imaginative figures to emerge from the science fiction field.Olaf Stapledon left an indelible mark on many other writers, from Arthur C. Clarke to Saul Bellows, but never won a mass following himself. This study by a renowned American literary critic provides a long-needed introduction to the life and work of the man Brian Aldiss called "the great classical example, the cold pitch of perfection as he turns scientific concepts into ontological epic prose poems, the ultimate science fiction writer."

Probing the recurrent themes and images of Stapledon's novels — which include Last and First Men, Odd John, Star Maker, and Sirius — Leslie A. Fiedler brilliantly illuminates the complexity and richness that underlie Stapledon's fiction.As Fiedler demonstrates, Stapledon was very much a product of the 1930s, embracing a set of leftist attitudes that were common to many other "Oxbridge-educated sons of the English upper classes."But, as Fiedler further shows, there is much more to Stapleton's books than their superficial ideological content:his works are unique in their awe-inspiring vision of the breadth of the physical universe and the depths of the human psyche."Certainly since encountering him," Fielder writes, "I have never been able to stare up at thee nightsky with the same secure faith that either God exists or he does not; anymore than I havebeen able between sleeping and waking to be sure that the nighttime "I" preparing to dream is identical with or totally different from the conscious "I" about to surrender its dominion."

While placing both Stapledon and his apocalyptic ideas in the context of his times, Fiedler argues that Stapledon's obsession with personal mortality and the limits of the ego are at the center of all his work.

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  • Publisher:Oxford University Press, USA
  • File: 6 Mb
  • Ganre: Biography
  • Release: 07.04.1983
  • ISBN: 9780195030877
  • Pages 256
  • Rating: 4.2 (8 votes)

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