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More Chains than Clank

Here's a nice site we can all probably entirely overwhelm with excess of help:


I've already added to their collection of imaginary books in books of my own, but maybe not all.


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Aug. 26th, 2008 03:55 pm (UTC)
As Ed's blog doesn't allow anonymous comments, I can't tell him about the _Déliquescences_ of Adoré Floupette. Someone else here will no doubt remedy this. (Though strictly speaking that was a hoax book, not a fictitious one.)

Also _The Vanity of Time_ by Otto in Gaddis' _Recognitions_. RC
Aug. 26th, 2008 04:13 pm (UTC)
Not all not all. What about "The Dictionary of Devils etc."? What about "The evening Land"? What about "Little Enosh"?
Aug. 26th, 2008 07:45 pm (UTC)
I hate to sound like an ill-lettered dolt, but did you base Kraft on anyone in particular? I have pored over the Author's Notes searching for further books to read.
Aug. 31st, 2008 12:10 pm (UTC)
Not really. He looks a little like the historical novelist Thomas Costain, whose books I read when I was the age Pierce is supposed to be when he discovers Kraft. Costain was a best seller though. As far as his popularity and oddity goes, he's more like David Stacton, a writer of offbeat historical novels, gay novels, and other things, but a writer who died young, unlike Kraft. We discussed Stacton at length long ago on this journal -- you might still be able to find the entries.
Aug. 27th, 2008 04:26 pm (UTC)
I catalog books at a major academic library, and before they upgraded the system to one that tracks exactly who enters what information into it and when, I had been considering "cataloging" fictional books (I'd been thinking of certain books referenced by Borges) into the system knowing that they'd eventually be uploaded to a national database (OCLC) so that, if on a lark someone anywhere in the country were to search for one, they'd make the astonishing discovery that it was apparently held in our rare book collection....
Aug. 28th, 2008 12:15 am (UTC)
One is reminded of Gene Wolfe's _Peace_, in which the forger, Gold, speaks of a shadowy ring of...bibliomaniacs, perhaps?...who insert the records of Lovecraftian tomes into the card catalogues of Ivy League schools.

It's a delightful conceit.
Aug. 31st, 2008 12:12 pm (UTC)
Of COURSE you resisted this wicked impulse. Though I seem to remember reading about others who did not, and allowed books they knew to be imaginary to enter the catalogs. Ring a bell?
Sep. 2nd, 2008 05:32 am (UTC)
Has anyone started submitting books from the Library of St. Victor?

Sep. 5th, 2008 09:16 am (UTC)
Kraft's autobiography
This reminded me of something that puzzles me each time I re-read the Aegypt books: why was Kraft's autobiography referred to as Sit Down, Sorrow in The Solitudes, but as Sorrow, Sit Down in (I think) Love & Sleep?
Feb. 6th, 2009 04:09 am (UTC)
How pleasant that you have discovered The Invisible Library!
Dear Mr. Crowley,

We are so pleased that you are aware of at least one of the invisible libraries catalogued on the web--namely, Mr. Park's and Mr. Stahl's version. My first encounter with this concept took the form of Mr. Brian Quinette’s catalogue (inspired by your mention of The Invisible College, I thought that if such existed, that it might have an invisible library, and a web search brought me to Mr. Quinette's catalog). His page is defunct, alas, as of 2007; fortunately, however, an archived copy does exist.

Mr. James Hay has also preserved Mr. Quinette’s work, and added to it himself.

le_trombone has also created a catalog, The Invisible Library, Live Journal Branch.

Finally, my wife Fayaway and I have created our own branch. of The Invisible Library at Malibu Lake, CA.

We are so pleased that you have discovered this highly entertaining and increasingly useful information—-doubt not, o poet, but persist!


Hermester Barrington,
Chief Archivist, Law Offices of Petty, Smilodon, & Ruth (ret.)
Jun. 30th, 2009 04:24 am (UTC)
Re: How pleasant that you have discovered The Invisible Library!
Invisible library. Intersting name. Ambivalent, I would say. On the one hand, invisible books are pretty hard to read:) On the other hand what books give the reader is actually invisible, intangible. Enreaching inner world, enlarging cultural and intellectual background is something you cannot touch. But you can feel it when reading. Every line you read imparts some specific information. For instance, "To be, or not to be..." No need to explain what associative array emerges when we hear this. But lines like buy to let fixed rates make my blood run cold:)
Mar. 5th, 2009 09:01 pm (UTC)
I thought they were real.
I have sometimes wished that you were both mad enough and had enough time to make those books real.

When I was a very young, very naive teenager, whilst reading Little, Big, I actually wondered whether you may have written these 'invisible books'. Probably due to what I was smoking at that experimental age, I even had a dream where I found Drinkwater's, 'The Architecture of Country Houses' in an antique bookshop. About a decade later I was walking down some London street and saw a shop just like in my dream. I walked in and guess what I found?! No, not Drinkwater's book unfortunately but a very, very precious book none the less.

I don't doubt that the thought to write those books had at least flashed across your mind when consumed by total creative integrity. ;)

Sep. 2nd, 2010 09:34 pm (UTC)
Oh dear. Not sure I like the design of it much. :(

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Mar. 3rd, 2011 07:57 am (UTC)
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