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Widely considered John Fowles’s masterpiece, The Magus is a masterwork of contemporary literature. By turns disturbing, thrilling and seductive, the novel is a spellbinding exploration of the complexities of the human mind.
When a young Englishman, Nicholas Urfe, accepts a teaching post on a remote Greek island and strikes up a friendship with a reclusive millionaire, he soon finds himself a pawn in the trickster’s deadly game of violence, seduction and betrayal. As Nicholas is drawn deeper into the psychological traps, he finds it increasingly difficult to distinguish past from present, or fantasy from reality. A work rich in symbols, conundrums, and labyrinthine twists, The Magus endures as the most enigmatic and magical novel in the Fowles canon.
The Magus was the first novel John Fowles wrote, although it was his third to be published, following The Collector (1963) and The Artistos (1964). He began writing it in the 1950s under the working title The Godgame, and based the story partly on his own experiences on the Greek island of Spetses, where he taught English for two years at the Anargyrios School. Fowles worked on The Magus for twelve years before its publication in 1965. Despite gaining enormous critical and commercial success, he continued to rework it, publishing a final revision in 1977.
Today, the novel is considered a modern classic, included in Modern Library’s list of 100 Best 20th Century Novels, and the BBC’s The Big Read survey of the top 200 best loved novels.
ABOUT THE EDITIONS
The limited edition of The Magus by John Fowles is presented in three states: Artist, Numbered and Lettered. The editions measure 6” x 9” and feature six full color illustrations by Marc Burckhardt as well as a new introduction by Christopher Priest, and a new afterword by Eileen Warburton. The editions also include the author’s foreword from the 1977 revised edition, a bonus essay written by the author in 1994, and a transcript from the author’s October 23, 1977 appearance on the BBC television show, The Lively Arts.
The Numbered and Lettered editions are signed by Christopher Priest, Eileen Warburton and Marc Burckhardt, and the Artist edition is signed by Marc Burckhardt. The text is set in Monotype Digital Fournier and is printed offset with an additional color on the title page.
All of the illustrations by Marc Burckhardt have been accepted by the jury of the New York Society of Illustrators Annual Exhibition, and will be exhibited in the American Museum of Illustration in Manhattan in February, 2023.
The Artist edition is limited to 750 copies, and is the only edition to include a dust jacket illustrated by Marc Burckhardt. The jacket is double-sided, featuring the first edition dust jacket illustration by Tom Adams on the reverse.
It is a smyth-sewn, quarter cloth binding with Eurpoean bookcloth covering the spine, and Cot-Linen cloth over the boards. This design was inspired by the first U.K. edition binding of the novel. The edition is housed in a slipcase covered in Cot-Linen and is printed offset on archival Cougar Natural. This edition is signed by Marc Burckhardt.
Product info: PREORDER (ETA: Fall 2023), published by Suntup Editions