Group of 34 uncollected Stories and Verse from Harper's Magazine 1853-1864
Fitz James O'Brien

Group of 34 uncollected Stories and Verse from Harper's Magazine 1853-1864

New York: Harper & Bros, 1853. Collection of 34 individual stories and verse pieces by Fitz James O'Brien. Each is removed from Harper's Monthly and staple bound in plain wrappers each with a pencil notation on the front wrap indicating the title and issue date of the piece. The first is "Two Skulls" (Feb. 1853, the first of his pieces to appaer in Harper's) and the final one "How I Overcame My Gravity" (posthumous, May 1864). Cork, Ireland born Fitz James O'Brien (1826-1862) is considered an early writer of science fiction and fantasy; he also wrote poetry, stageplays, and essays. At the outbreak of the Civil War, O'Brien joined the 7th New York National Guard; he was severely wounded in February 1862 and died of tenanus a few weeks later. His most famous story was "The Diamond Lens" (published not in Harper's but in The Atlantic Monthly), a tale of a yound scientist who discovers an whole unseen fantastical world in a single drop of water when viewed through a microscope. The sylph-like female creature he sees captivates him. The story was said to be a favorite and an inspiration for H.P. Lovecraft. Wraps (Item ID: GE23165)

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