More than seventy years on from its first publication, The Journal of Albion Moonlight remains as revolutionary and as pertinent as ever.

PN Review

An unforgettable, apocalyptic novel from a distinctly American prophet

The Journal Of Albion Moonlight

Fiction by Kenneth Patchen

Inspired by one of the finest lyrics in the English language, the anonymous, pre-Shakespearean Tom O’Bedlam: (“By a knight of ghosts and shadows / I am summoned am to tourney / Ten leagues beyond The wide world’s end / Methinks it is no journey…”), Kenneth Patchen sets off on an allegorical journey to the furthest limits of love and murder, madness and sex. While on this disordered pilgrimage to H. Roivas (Heavenly Savior), various characters offer deranged responses, conveying an otherworldly, imaginative madness.

A chronicle of violent fury and compassion, written when Surrealism was still vigorous and doing battle with psychotic “reality,” The Journal of Albion Moonlight is an American monument to engagement.

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Paperback (published February 28, 2017)

ISBN
9780811222051
Price US
17.95
Price CN
22.95
Trim Size
5 x 8
Page Count
320

Ebook (published February 28, 2017)

ISBN
9780811222297

Kenneth Patchen

20th Century American Poet

More than seventy years on from its first publication, The Journal of Albion Moonlight remains as revolutionary and as pertinent as ever.

PN Review

With this particular book I attribute some degree of salvation. Let’s get one thing straight: I’m not trying to tell you this is a great book. I’m not sure there is such a thing, and if there is, I’m not sure I’d argue this is one of them. But I am saying it’s a pivotal book–both for me, and, in a way, for you.

—J.C. Hallman, Tin House

This novel is quite possibly the book that made the biggest impression on me, ever.

—Michael Berger, The Rumpus

The Journal of Albion Moonlight is a work of unmistakable genius; in all of English literature it stands alone. Albion Moonlight is the most naked figure of a man I have encountered in all literature.

—Henry Miller