Love & Sleep

Love and Sleep
Love & Sleep is a 1994 modern fantasy novel by John Crowley.wikipedia
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John Crowley (author)

John CrowleyLord Byron's Novel: The Evening Land
Love & Sleep is a 1994 modern fantasy novel by John Crowley.
In 1987 Crowley embarked on an ambitious four-volume novel, Ægypt, comprising The Solitudes (originally published as Ægypt), Love & Sleep, Dæmonomania, and Endless Things, published in May 2007.

Ægypt

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It is the second novel in Crowley's Ægypt Sequence and a sequel to Crowley's 1987 novel The Solitudes.

The Solitudes (novel)

The SolitudesAegyptfirst novel
It is the second novel in Crowley's Ægypt Sequence and a sequel to Crowley's 1987 novel The Solitudes. The novel's title is both a reference to the Renaissance romance Hypnerotomachia Poliphili (Poliphilo's Strife of Love in a Dream) which Pierce reads throughout the course of the book and which informs the book thematically, in the same way Las Soledades informed the previous novel.

Dæmonomania

Demonomania
It is Crowley's seventh novel, and as the third novel in Crowley's Ægypt Sequence, a sequel to Crowley's 1994 novel Love & Sleep.

Fantasy

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Love & Sleep is a 1994 modern fantasy novel by John Crowley.

Hermeticism

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In it, the protagonist Pierce Moffett continues his book project begun in The Solitudes, exploring especially the relevance of systems of thought, even those magical and supposedly obsolete in writing a non-fiction book about the Renaissance and Hermeticism. At the same time, his neighbour Beau Brachman independently happens upon many of the same topics including Hermeticism, though he interprets each through a strongly New Age-influenced approach.

John Dee

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Like the previous novel, Love & Sleep has four main strands, one occurring in the present day generally following Pierce or Rosie Mucho in their artistic works, and two occurring in the Renaissance following the historical fictional activities of John Dee, Edward Kelley and Giordano Bruno as written by fictional novelist Fellowes Kraft.

Edward Kelley

Edward KellyEdward Kelly (alias Talbot)Sir Edward Kelley
Like the previous novel, Love & Sleep has four main strands, one occurring in the present day generally following Pierce or Rosie Mucho in their artistic works, and two occurring in the Renaissance following the historical fictional activities of John Dee, Edward Kelley and Giordano Bruno as written by fictional novelist Fellowes Kraft.

Giordano Bruno

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Like the previous novel, Love & Sleep has four main strands, one occurring in the present day generally following Pierce or Rosie Mucho in their artistic works, and two occurring in the Renaissance following the historical fictional activities of John Dee, Edward Kelley and Giordano Bruno as written by fictional novelist Fellowes Kraft. In the Renaissance, Giordano Bruno is revealed to have safely made the journey to England and is living in the household of John Florio.

Quotation mark

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The difference is marked stylistically by dashes indicating dialogue for events that happened in the Renaissance and events in the twentieth century marked by dialogue in ordinary English quotation marks.

Soledades

Las SoledadesThe Solitudes
The novel's title is both a reference to the Renaissance romance Hypnerotomachia Poliphili (Poliphilo's Strife of Love in a Dream) which Pierce reads throughout the course of the book and which informs the book thematically, in the same way Las Soledades informed the previous novel.

Algernon Charles Swinburne

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The title is also identical to an 1866 poem by Swinburne.

William Blake

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The actual title appears in the novel during a meditation by Beau Brachman, which appears as a Blake-like movie script featuring seventeenth century capitalization and frequent ampersands.

Ampersand

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The actual title appears in the novel during a meditation by Beau Brachman, which appears as a Blake-like movie script featuring seventeenth century capitalization and frequent ampersands.

House (astrology)

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This novel of the sequence is sectioned based on the second three of the Astrological Houses.

Cumberland Mountains

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From here, the narrative shifts abruptly to Pierce's boyhood, describing his early life with his cousins near the Cumberland Mountains in Kentucky.

Kentucky

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From here, the narrative shifts abruptly to Pierce's boyhood, describing his early life with his cousins near the Cumberland Mountains in Kentucky.

Wildfire

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While cleaning the ashes from burning garbage one day, Pierce sees some embers escape, and cause a minor forest fire.

Homeschooling

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After the death of Pierce's Aunt and his cousins' mother Opal Oliphant, the children are neither homeschooled nor attend school, and Sam Oliphant instead orders a large number of books at a time from the State Library to keep the children busy.

John Florio

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In the Renaissance, Giordano Bruno is revealed to have safely made the journey to England and is living in the household of John Florio.

Dido, Queen of Carthage (play)

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Bruno serves on some diplomatic meetings with Florio, and eventually comes to lecture at Cambridge (nearly missing a performance of Dido, Queen of Carthage).

Continental Europe

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Dee and Edward Kelley abruptly leave England following the supernatural childlike being from the previous novel, Madimi, to the continent eventually to the court of Rudolf II who commissions them to create an alchemical stone.

Rudolf II, Holy Roman Emperor

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Dee and Edward Kelley abruptly leave England following the supernatural childlike being from the previous novel, Madimi, to the continent eventually to the court of Rudolf II who commissions them to create an alchemical stone.

New Age

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At the same time, his neighbour Beau Brachman independently happens upon many of the same topics including Hermeticism, though he interprets each through a strongly New Age-influenced approach.

Will and testament

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In short order, Boney dies leaving a Will containing many impossible requests, including being buried in a private field he did not own, and all his possessions to a girl named "Una Knox" who doesn't appear to exist.