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Jul 16, Craig Bryson rated it it was amazing Shelves: Like some of my other most enjoyed readings, it will zanonni read more than once because each reading shows me something new.

Di natura, d’ amor, de’ cieli amici Le negligenze sue sono artifici. Zanoni is of my favorite esoterioc fiction from Bulwer Lytton. Yet the natural world is not to be rejected. In a footnote inserted at this point, however, Bulwer also echoes Godwin’s skepticism about the economics of alchemy: Mejnour describes the stages of probation inmore detail when Glyndon decides to embark on studies under him: Thomas Carlyle, The French Revolution: The first is music, the second mysticism, the third prophecy, and the fourth love.

Speaking to Glyndon, Mejnour says of the Guardian, ” The blood is the life.

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Glyndon proves an unworthy probationer by violating Mejnour’s directions, and thus brings upon himself the Dweller of the Threshold, a malignant force which objectifies his own folly and failure to pursue undivided aims, whether in art or the discipline of the arcana; this strange curse extends even to the sister who visits him and who perishes as a result.

I specifically appreciated the parts of the story where the narration indicated a partial loss of wording in the manuscript. Leon becomes Godwin’s variation on an old theme: Michael Lloyd finds that in Zanoniby comparison with the enervated antiquarianism of The Last Days of Pompeii”the idealising principle When one considers the era in which this was written, that in and of itself heralds the enlightenment of this author.


In TransfusionMadeline comes to represent the irrational impulses that Albert has kept at bay. The other initiate is named Mejnour and he, choosing a different path from Zanoni, may presumably still be living to this day. Bulwer Lytton as Occultist.

Bulwer-Lytton’s Zanoni

Thus, Bulwer’s compressed reference to Robespierre, one “to whom Catherine Theot assured immortal life, looked, indeed, like aman at death’s door,” recalls Carlyle’s description of the octogenarian servant, “inured to prophecy and the Bastille from of old” and reading Revelations to find “that this astonishing thrice-potentMaximilien really is theman spoken of by prophets, who is tomake the earth young again.

Glyndon, although spurred on in his mystic quest by having an alchemist as a distant ancestor, proves himself to be lacking in the qualities required of an initiate. Another is Zanoni himself, whose own purchase on the secret is threatened by his growing love for and commitment to Viola, the daughter of the Neapolitan violinist and composer Pisano.

Leon and Zanoni are particularly relevant in tracing the movement of ideas within that circle, though it is not possible in every case to determine whether, or to what extent, they serve directly as imaginative sources for Bulwer’s novel.

This is a book that approaches the divine without the fetters lytfon r This book is beautiful. In literary circles he is well-know for the “infinitely plagiarized” romantic cliche with which he opens his novel “Paul Clifford” Like Midas, however, he must learn that those powers that render him unique also render him unprecedentedly isolated, and powerless.

It is also a clue to the transformational “fairy tale” aspect of Pholus In Mejnour’s description of “modest Paracelsus” who “thought he could make a race of men from chemistry,” Bulwer tacitly measures the distance between Mejnour’s morally-strengthening, if inhuman, discipline and the ambitions of a Frankenstein: Ginotti’s revelation climaxes a series of events in which he has become Wolfstein’s mysterious pursuer.


Christensen argues that Glyndon’s discovery is “that the eternal Mejnour had possessed a hitherto invisible demonic counterpart, and that the development of man’s superhuman capacities must first entail a full recognition of this demonic element” Thus, “if woman be allowed to have an immortal soul, she must have, as the employment of life, an understanding to improve” This false science, he argues, has served all too often as a kind of extortionist’s scam, an outlet for “vain and specious projectors” exploiting the human capacity to be self-deceived Leon without the shifts, disguises, and compromises necessitated by the latter’s misjudgments and ill fortune.

If I calculate the solar arc here I obtain: We are in “magical times”, when, because of the retrogradation of Venus, we witness a triple conjunction of Venus with Hylonome: It is a hazard even for the greatest of adepts, and among the common run of humanity it is all too common.

Views Read Edit View history. There is an immense amount of social and moral buulwer. Roberts notes this “curious inversion of the Undine legend whereby Zanoni forfeits his inmortality for the love of a mortal woman. Fra si contrarie tempre in ghiaccio e in foco, In riso e in pianto, e fra paura e speme L’ingannatrice Donna– “Gerusal.

Zanoni by Edward Bulwer Lytton

Nonetheless he supports a reading of the novel as “impregnated with the conservative and mystical tendency which gathered force in the s, finding expression in such diverse phenomena as the Oxford movementthe increasing interest in Coleridge’s philosophy, the popularity of Thomas Carlyle, and in ‘Young England.

Bulder and Odey,with citations by book and chapter number. A book every neophyte should read.