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L. H. Myers

(1881—1944) novelist


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(1881–1944),

novelist, the son of F. W. H. Myers. His novels are concerned with the problem of how human beings can live rightly in society if they exclude spirituality. In his troubled personal life he failed to reconcile the flesh and the spirit. He was in violent opposition to humanism and to the values of the Bloomsbury group, and after trying several political solutions he became a Communist. Apart from The Orissers (1922), The ‘Clio’ (1925), and Strange Glory (1936), the novels are set in an imaginary 16th‐cent. India: The Near and the Far (1929), Prince Jali (1931), The Root and the Flower (1935), and The Pool of Vishnu (1940); all collected under the title The Near and the Far (1943). He died from an overdose of veronal.

Subjects: Literature.


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