By Anna Adolph

Published (1899)

This puzzling novel, self-published in 1899, has an idiosyncratic, even ungrammatical writing style, but is deeply lyrical. A biography of the author (who stylized the novel as ‘ArQtiQ’ in her personal correspondance) has uncovered the many links between the novel and her life story.

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Book cover

Cover design by Liza Daly

Lover’s Eyes, a miniature on ivory c. 1840, artist unknown, courtesy the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Background image from the iceberg by oliver.dodd.