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Secondary Bibliography

On this page I attempt to provide a bibliography of all the books, articles and essays dealing significantly with David Lindsay and his work. I haven't included books or essays that merely mention him, or go through standard information (encyclopedia entries, for instance). Where possible, I've linked to online versions of the articles (look for the word link after the article details). If I've written a review, summary, or note on the article/book elsewhere on this site, you'll find a on-site review link after the entry.

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Books
The Life & Works of David Lindsay, Cambridge University Press (Cambridge) (1981) — translated by Kenneth Gunnellon-site review
David Lindsay (Starmont Reader's Guide 9), Starmont House (June 1982) • on-site review
David Lindsay's Vision, Paupers' Press (1991) — reissued in revised form as an ebook by Maurice Bassett publications (eBook) 2005; Kindle edition (2007).on-site review
Articles & essays (print)
"A Voyage to Arcturus" in The Times Literary Supplement (no. 976, 30 Sep 1920, p. 637)
"New Novels: A Voyage to Arcturus" in The Guardian (1st Oct 1920, p. 5)
"Voyage to the Unknown" in Sunday Times (Sydney, NSW) (20 Mar 1921, p. 19) link
"A Letter on Books" in The Register (Adelaide, South Australia) (8th Jan 1921, p. 5) — under the subheading, A Book of Marvels, manages to give away the final page twist link
"The Haunted Woman" in The Times Literary Supplement (16 Feb 1922)
"Sphinx" in Dundee Courier (17 Jan 1924)
"A French Adventurer" in The New York Times (12 Jun 1927) — review of A Blade for Sale
"Some Recent Fiction" in The West Australian (Perth) (28th May 1932, p. 4) link
"A Supernatural Drama" in The Guardian (6 May 1932, p. 7) — review of Devil's Tor
"Examples of Good Fantastic Fiction" in Table Talk (Melbourne, Victoria) (30 Jun 1932, p. 22) — also reviews Charles Williams' The Greater Trumps, and others. J B Pick, in The Strange Genius of David Lindsay, quotes an extract from this review, citing it as from the Evening Standard (presumably it was syndicated). link
"Absurdities about Novels and their Readers. Our Vast Working-Class Reading Public." in Daily Telegraph (May 6 1932, p. 7) — Review of Fiction and the Reading Public by Q.D. Leavis; Devil's Tor by David Lindsay and Home for the Holidays by R.H. Mottram. An extract is quoted by J B Pick in The Strange Genius of David Lindsay, p. 26.
"The Arcturan Shadow" in Notes and Queries (no. 178, 30 Mar 1940, pp. 225-227) — reprinted in the Gollancz Rare Works of Imaginative Literature editions of A Voyage to Arcturus, as an introduction
"New Fiction" in The Sydney Morning Herald (Sydney, NSW) (23rd Nov 1946, p. 11) link
"Metaphysical Allegory: Life On Imaginary Planet" in The Argus (Melbourne, Victoria) (9th Nov 1946, p. 12) link
"Latest Fiction" in The Advertiser (Adelaide, South Australia) (4th Jan 1947, p. 4) link
"Today's Book Review: Unusual and Interesting" in The Telegraph (Brisbane, Queensland) (28th Feb 1947, p. 2) link
"A Strange Scottish Novel — David Lindsay's 'A Voyage to Arcturus'" in Scots Chronicle (Kilmarnock) (1951, pp. 22-27) link
"A Voyage to Arcturus" in Radio Times (vol. 131 no. 1702, 22 June 1956, p. 4) — introduces the Third Programme adaptation of A Voyage to Arcturus link
"Fantastica: A Voyage to Arcturus, The Purple Cloud, Medusa" in The Times Literary Supplement (5 Jul 1963, p. 497)
"Precursors to Science Fiction Get a Second Reading" in The Times (29 Aug 1963) — along with The Purple Cloud and Medusa
"Adventures on a Distant Star" in New York Times Book Review (24 Nov 1963, p. 60)
"Rare Books" in The New Statesman (14 Jun 1963, p. 905)
"Introduction to A Voyage to Arcturus" in A Voyage to Arcturus (Macmillan) (New York) (1963, pp. vii-x)
"Daniyal on Arcturus" in Delta (no. 29, Feb 1963, pp. 22-27)
"Science Fiction" in New York Review of Books (New York) (12 Dec 1963, pp. 23-24)
"A Voyage to Arcturus (Letter)" in The Times Literary Supplement (12 July 1963, p. 509) — Letter responding to the review of A Voyage to Arcturus
"The Haunted Woman" in The Scotsman (May 1964)
"The Work of David Lindsay" in Studies in Scottish Literature (vol. 1 no. 3, Jan 1964, pp. 171-182) linkon-site review
"Lindsay — A Voyage to Arcturus" in Eagle and Earwig (John Baker) (London) (1965, pp. 128-161) • on-site review
"Dream-Literature and Science Fiction" in Extrapolation (no. 11, 1969, pp. 6-14)
"Sublimities in a Blotting-paper Style" in The Times Literary Supplement (20 Nov 1970, p. 1346) — review of The Strange Genius of David Lindsay
"A sketch of Lindsay's life as a man and writer" in The Strange Genius of David Lindsay (John Baker) (London) (1970, pp. 3-32) • on-site review
"The unpublished novels: The Violet Apple and The Witch" in The Strange Genius of David Lindsay (John Baker) (London) (1970, pp. 139-182)
"Arcturus and the Christian Dogma" in The Strange Genius of David Lindsay (John Baker) (London) (1970, pp. 109-111)
"Devil's Tor" in The Strange Genius of David Lindsay (John Baker) (London) (1970, pp. 116-135)
"Discovering a genius" in The Strange Genius of David Lindsay (John Baker) (London) (1970, pp. 95-96)
"Lindsay as I knew him" in The Strange Genius of David Lindsay (John Baker) (London) (1970, pp. 97-102)
"The Haunted Woman" in The Strange Genius of David Lindsay (John Baker) (London) (1970, pp. 103-108)
"The Nature of Lindsay's Genius" in The Strange Genius of David Lindsay (John Baker) (London) (1970, pp. 112-115)
"Lindsay as novelist and mystic" in The Strange Genius of David Lindsay (John Baker) (London) (1970, pp. 35-91) — reprinted on its own as The Haunted Man: The Strange Genius of David Lindsay, The Borgo Press, San Bernadino, 1979; and as an appendix to the Savoy Books edition of A Voyage to Arcturus (2002).on-site review
"Cosmic Imagery in A Voyage to Arcturus" in Extrapolation (no. 13, 1972, pp. 146-151)
"J. B. Pick, Colin Wilson & E. H. Visiak. The Strange Genius of David Lindsay. An Appreciation (Review)" in Studies in Scottish Literature (vol. 10 no. 1, July 1972, pp. 59-61) link
"Review: The Strange Genius of David Lindsay" in Lines Review (no. 40, Mar 1972, pp. 45-46)
""Purely as Entertainment"? Adventures of Monsieur de Mailly as a Representative Work of David Lindsay" in Studies in Scottish Literature (vol. 11 no. 4, 1973, pp. 226-236) link
"Tormance and C. S. Lewis" in CSL: the Bulletin of the New York C. S. Lewis Society (New York) (vol. 5 no. 7, May (whole no. 55) 1974, pp. 4-5) — p. 1-2 contain notes about the meeting where this essay was read out, and comments from those present.
"Language and Logic in A Voyage to Arcturus" in Scottish Literary Journal (vol. 1 no. 1, July 1974, pp. 29-39)
"David Lindsay and George MacDonald" in Studies in Scottish Literature (vol. 12 no. 2, Oct 1974, pp. 131-145) link
"Fantasy and New Directions" in The Craft of the Novel (Gollancz) (London) (1975) — final chapter in this book looks at the work of Tolkien and David Lindsayon-site review
"Foreword (to The Violet Apple)" in The Violet Apple & The Witch (Chicago Review Press) (Chicago, Ill.) (1976, pp. 21-23)
"Foreword (to The Witch)" in The Violet Apple & The Witch (Chicago Review Press) (Chicago, Ill.) (1976, pp. 253-255)
"Introduction" in The Violet Apple & The Witch (Chicago Review Press) (Chicago, Ill.) (1976, pp. 1-18) • on-site review
"Introduction to A Voyage to Arcturus" in A Voyage to Arcturus (Gregg Press) (Boston) (1977, pp. v-xvii)
"Conflation of Genres and Myths in David Lindsay's A Voyage to Arcturus" in The Journal of Narrative Technique (no. 7, 1977, pp. 149-155)
"Symbolic Fantasy" in Genre (no. 8, 1977, pp. 194-209)
"Visionary Allegory in David Lindsay's "A Voyage to Arcturus"" in The Journal of English and Germanic Philology (vol. 77 no. 1, Jan 1978, pp. 72-91)
"Introduction" in The Violet Apple (Sedgwick & Jackson) (London) (1978, pp. 9-12)
"Colin Wilson, The Haunted Man" in Science Fiction & Fantasy Book Review (Nov 1979, p. 148) link
"Devil's Tor: A Rehabilitation of David Lindsay's 'Monster'" in Extrapolation (vol. 21 no. 4, Winter 1980, pp. 367-378)
"The Structure of A Voyage to Arcturus" in Studies in Scottish Literature (vol. 15, 1980, pp. 262-267) link
"Dualities in David Lindsay's A Voyage to Arcturus" in Extrapolation (vol. 22 no. 2, Summer 1981, pp. 164-170)
"Clinamen: Towards a Theory of Fantasy" in Agon: Towards a Theory of Revisionism (Oxford University Press) (New York) (1982, pp. 200-223) • on-site review
"Bernard Sellin, The Life and Work of David Lindsay" in Foundation: The Review of Science Fiction (no. 24, Feb 1982, p. 103)
"Bernard Sellin, The Life and Works of David Lindsay" in Science Fiction & Fantasy Book Review (Jan-Feb 1982, p. 4)
"Arcturus Revisited: David Lindsay and the Quest for Muspel-Fire" in AB Bookman's Weekly (October 1 1984, pp. 2131-2146) — reprinted in Discovering Classic Fantasy Fiction: Essays on the Antecedents of Fantastic Literature (Wildside Press, 1996)
"Nachrichten von Nirgendwo, part 1" in Science Fiction Times (Germany) (vol. 26 no. 1, Jan 1984, pp. 10-14) — Parts 2-4 followed in issues 2-4, (pages 12-15; 21-24; 25-28). Download links for these issues: issue 2, issue 3, issue 4. link
"Texte et le Néant: Structures Métaphysiques dans A Voyage to Arcturus de David Lindsay" in Just the Other Day: Essays on the Suture of the Future, ed. Luk De Vos (Antwerp) (1985, pp. 227-234)
"The Life and Works of David Lindsay by Bernard Sellin, Kenneth Gunnell" in The Yearbook of English Studies, Anglo-French Literary Relations Special Number (vol. 15, 1985, pp. 335-336)
"Voyage Cosmique: H. G. Wells, David Lindsay, C. S. Lewis" in Just the Other Day: Essays on the Suture of the Future, ed. Luk De Vos (Antwerp) (1985, pp. 235-248)
"Nachrichten von Nirgendwo: Über Dichtung und Vision im Werk David Lindsays" in Just the Other Day: Essays on the Suture of the Future, ed. Luk De Vos (Antwerp) (1985, pp. 205-226) — also used as the introduction to the Heyne (1986) edition of A Voyage to Arcturus
"Drum of A Voyage to Arcturus" in Extrapolation (vol. 26 no. 2, Summer 1985, pp. 143-151)
"David Lindsay: A Scottish Genius" in Scottish Book Collector (vol. 1 no. 1, August 1987) link
"Zwischen Gnosis, Tiefenpsychologie und Surrealismus. Kulturgeschichtliche Gedanken zu David Lindsays Roman 'Die Reise zum Arcturus'" in Das Science Fiction Jahr, ed. Jeschke, Wolfgang (Munich) (no. 2, 1987, pp. 561-574)
"Introduction" in The Haunted Woman (Canongate) (Edinburgh) (1987, pp. vii-xiii)
"Sphinx" in Kirkus Reviews (July 1988) link
"David Lindsay - A Voyage to Arcturus" in Horror: The 100 Best Books (Xanadu Books), ed. Stephen Jones & Kim Newman (1988, pp. 108-111)
"A Voyage to Arcturus" in Fantasy: The 100 Best Books (Xanadu/Carroll & Graf) (New York) (1988, pp. 71-72) • on-site review
"The Haunted Woman" in Fantasy: The 100 Best Books (Xanadu/Carroll & Graf) (New York) (1988, pp. 75-76) • on-site review
"From Pan in the Home Counties—to Pain on a Far Planet: E.M. Forster, David Lindsay, and How the Voyage to Arcturus Should End" in Foundation (no. 43, Summer 1988, pp. 25-36) • on-site review
"Arcturan Allegories" in Vector (vol. 147, Dec/Jan 1989 1988, pp. 9-11)
"Introduction" in Sphinx (Xanadu) (London) (1988) • on-site review
"Introduction" in A Voyage to Arcturus (Canongate) (Edinburgh) (1992, pp. vii-xi)
"Journeys into Fantasy: The Fiction of David Lindsay and C S Lewis" in A Christian for All Christians, ed. Walker, Andrew and Patric, James (Washington) (1992, pp. 98-115)
"Encounter Darkness. David Lindsays schwarzer Platonismus" in Inklings: Jahrbuch für Literatur und Ästhetik, ed. Kranz, Gisbert (Moers) (1993, pp. 49-82)
"Encountering Darkness: The Black Platonism of David Lindsay" in Mythlore (no. 72, Spring 1993, pp. 24-33)
"Chapters 11: The Vision of Beleaguered Light: David Lindsay (1876-1945), and 12: David Lindsay and the Sublime" in The Great Shadow House: Essays on the Metaphysical Tradition in Scottish Fiction (Polygon) (Edinburgh) (1993, pp. 73-96) • on-site review
"A Plain and Serious Affair" in Cencrastus: the Magazine for Scottish and International Literature, Arts and Affairs (Edinburgh) (no. 45, 1993, pp. 35-38) — review essay on 1992 Canongate reissue of Arcturus
"David Lindsay, A Voyage to Arcturus (1920)" in Scottish Fantasy Literature: A Critical Survey (Canongate) (Edinburgh) (1994, pp. 153-169)
"Shot with Heaven: The Work of David Lindsay" in Scottish Book Collector (Edinburgh) (vol. 4 no. 4, April-May 1994, pp. 12-15)
"David Lindsay" in Modern Fantasy Writers (Chelsea House Publishers) (New York) (1995, pp. xi-xii, 98) — collection of short (1-2 page) extracts on Lindsay: TLS review (from 30 Sep 1920); letter from Lindsay to Visiak; from Colin Wilson's 'Lindsay as novelist and mystic'; from E H Visiak's 'Lindsay as I Knew Him'; from J B Pick's 'The Unpublished Novels'; from Eric S Rabkin's 'Conflation of Genres and Myths in David Lindsay's A Voyage to Arcturus'; from Sellin's Life & Works of David Lindsay; from Bloom, 'Clinamen'; from Douglas A Mackey 'Science Fiction and Gnosticism'. Bloom's introduction to the book (xi-xii) is all about Lindsay.
"Wilder Shores of Longing" in Abraxas (no. 6, 1996, p. 7) link
"Dreamscapes of Arcturus" in Abraxas (no. 6, 1996, pp. 8-9) — review of David Lindsay's Vision by David Power link
"Living Out the Consequences" in Abraxas (no. 6, 1996, pp. 13-14) link
"In Praise of Devil's Tor" in Abraxas (no. 6, 1996, pp. 12-13) link
"The Haunted Woman. Frauenfiguren im Werk David Lindsays" in Inklings: Jahrbuch für Literatur und Ästhetik, ed. Kranz, Gisbert (Moers) (1997, pp. 79-93)
"Voyage imaginaire et quête philosophique dans A voyage to Arcturus de David Lindsay" in La littérature fantastique en Grande-Bretagne au tournant du siècle, Université d'Aix-en-Provence, ed. Max Duperray (1997, pp. 113-132)
"David Lindsay and A Voyage to Arcturus" in The Books in My Life by Colin Wilson (Hampton Roads Publishing Company) (1998, pp. 155-166) • on-site review
"David Lindsay" in Book & Magazine Collector (no. 192, Mar 2000, pp. 56-62)
"David Lindsay et The Haunted Woman" in Études Écossaises (Grenoble) (no. 7, 2001, pp. 75-82)
"Introduction" in A Voyage to Arcturus (Bison Books) (Lincoln, Neb.) (2002, pp. vii-xv) — reprinted in Pardon This Intrusion (Beccon Publications, 2011)
"The alienness of atmosphere" in The Guardian (31 August 2002) link
"Prism and Pentecost: David Lindsay and the British Apocalypse" in A Voyage to Arcturus (Savoy Books) (Manchester) (2002, pp. xi-xxi) • on-site review
"Afterword" in A Voyage to Arcturus (Savoy Books) (Manchester) (2002, pp. 399-401) • on-site review
"Einhundert Lichtjahre in neunzehn Stunden: Das ratselhafte Raumschiff in David Lindsays A Voyage to Arcturus" in Inklings: Jahrbuch fur Literatur und Aesthetik, ed. Kegler, Adelheid, et al (Moers) (2003, pp. 146-163)
"Afterword" in The Haunted Woman (Tartarus Press) (Leyburn) (2004, pp. 201-207)
"Curiosities: Devil's Tor by David Lindsay" in Fantasy & Science Fiction (March 2007) link
"Speculative Metaphysics: The Early Fantasies of David Lindsay" in Wormwood (no. 9, 2007, pp. 16-22)
"A Century of Scottish Creative Writing: Three Essays" in Studies in Scottish Literature (vol. 35 no. 1, 2007, p. 218–257) — overview of Scottish fiction in the 20th century; includes Lindsay on p. 223-224. link
"Resurrecting Alexander Crawford" in Wormwood (no. 11, Autumn 2008, pp. 1-9) — about Lindsay's brother, Alexander
"Neither This, Nor That: The Apophatic Allegory of David Lindsay's A Voyage to Arcturus" in Scottish Studies Review (vol. 9 no. 1, Spring 2008, pp. 101-121)
"Allegory and Cruelty: Gray's Lanark and Lindsay's A Voyage to Arcturus" in Scotland as Science Fiction, ed. Caroline McCracken-Flesher (Oct 2011, pp. 43-54)
"The Haunted Man" in Around the Outsider: Essays Presented to Colin Wilson on the Occasion of His 80th Birthday (O Books), ed. Colin Stanley (2011, pp. 174-187) — on Colin Wilson's work on David Lindsay link
"Sham World, Sublime Light: Gnosticism in the Works of David Lindsay" in The Gnostic (no. 5, June 2011, pp. 160-165)
"The Other Otherworld: Didactic Fantasy from MacDonald and Lindsay to J Leslie Mitchell" in Scotland as Science Fiction, ed. Caroline McCracken-Flesher (Oct 2011, pp. 29-42)
"David Lindsay's The Violet Apple" in Wormwood (no. 21, Nov 2013, pp. 3-9)
"Earlier Fantasy Fiction: Morris, Dunsany and Lindsay" in A Companion to J.R.R. Tolkien (Wiley-Blackwell), ed. Stuart D. Lee (Chichester, West Sussex, and Malden, Massachusetts) (2014) — looks at the influence on Tolkien of these three writers
"Late Reviews: The Witch by David Lindsay, The Shadow by E H Visiak, Metamorphosis of the Vampire by Colin Wilson" in Wormwood (no. 25, Autumn 2015, pp. 73-84)
"Better Than Soaking - Landscape, Place and the Body in the Work of David Lindsay (or, David Lindsay and the Perils of Walking)" in The Gnostic (Dublin) (no. 6, 2015, pp. 31-42)
"SF Caledonia: David Lindsay" in Shoreline of Infinity (Edinburgh) (no. 3, Spring 2016, pp. 91-94) — followed by an illustration and extract (chapter 6) from A Voyage to Arcturus
"Literary Dependence in the Fiction of C.S. Lewis: Two Case Studies" in Mythlore (vol. 35 no. 1, Fall/Winter, #129; 2016, pp. 97-114) — enumerates 48 points of similarity between A Voyage to Arcturus and Lewis's Out of the Silent Planet, Perelandra and The Dark Tower. Also looks at the influence of V A Thisted’s Letters from Hell on Lewis's work. link
"Devil's Tor: A Voyage from Arcturus" in Wormwood (no. 28, Spring 2017, pp. 54-57)
"The Eternal Feminine: David Lindsay's Fixation as Developed in Devil's Tor" in Wormwood (no. 28, Spring 2017, pp. 58-65)
"The Altered States of David Lindsay" in The Psychedelic Press Journal (London) (vol. XX, Mar 2017, pp. 27-41)
Articles & essays (online)
"David Lindsay" in Oxford Dictionary of National Biography (2004) link
"How town gave birth to fantasy legend" in Newquay Voice (8 Dec 2004) link
"Sacred Mysteries" in The Telegraph (12 Mar 2005) link
"Many Worlds: David Lindsay and alternate realities" in The Bottle Imp (no. 8, Nov 2010) link
Dissertations & theses
"David Lindsay's A Voyage to Arcturus ; allegorical dream fantasy as a literary mode" in University of British Columbia (Sep 1972) link
"Fantastic Dream-Quests: George MacDonald's "Phantastes" and David Lindsay's "A Voyage to Arcturus"" in University of Oslo (2004)
"'A Far Green Country': An Analysis Of The Presentation Of Nature In Works Of Early Mythopoeic Fantasy Fiction" in University of St Andrews (2007) — The chapter on Lindsay, 'David Lindsay: The Nature of the Sublime' is on p. 94-153 link

 

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