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In his day, R. Ellis Roberts was a well-known literary critic and writer. He contributed reviews and articles to a number of periodicals, including the Daily NewsObserverEmpire ReviewLondon MercuryBookmanSaturday Review, and Guardian. He was literary editor for the New Statesman and Time and Tide, and he hosted a book review programme for BBC Radio. In 1923, his only collection of uncanny short stories, The Other End, was published by Cecil Palmer and received glowing reviews. The critic for the Bookman declared the author ‘as well able to write stories of his own as to criticise those of others’, having achieved a mastery of his subject that at times ‘challenges comparison with Poe and Hawthorne’. And Gerald Gould, in the Saturday Review, suggested that no nervous person should read the book when ‘alone at night in a remote cottage on a lonely moor’. This new edition of The Other End includes four reviews written by R. Ellis Roberts about the work of Arthur Machen, of whom he was an admirer—for the BookmanDaily News, and Sewanee Review—and a biographical essay by Gina R. Collia, ‘R. Ellis Roberts: The Critic Who Read for Pleasure’.


Intro.: R. Ellis Roberts: The Critic Who Read for Pleasure
Fiction: The Hill • The Rabbit Road • The Wind • The Ebony Box • Under the Sun • The Great Mother • The Other End • The Minotaur • The Narrow Way • The Cage • Robin • The Samaritan 
Arthur Machen, The Bookman, 1922.
Arthur Machen: The Money Rewards of Authorship, Daily News, 1923.
Arthur Machen, Sewanee Review, 1924.
Strange Happenings to Ordinary People, Daily News, 1933.

The Other End by R. Ellis Roberts

  • Published: 14 February 2024.
    ISBN-13: 978-1-7393921-7-8
    Hardback with dust jacket, 22.86mm x 15.24cm (6" x 9"), 258 pages. Price: £25.00

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