Colin Wilson: Spider World: Shadowland

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Spider World: Shadowland (2003) is Colin Wilson’s twentieth novel and the fourth in a quartet that, taken as a whole, represents his most sustained attempt to embody his key ideas in fictional form. After finishing the third volume, Spider World: The Magician (1992), Wilson had not immediately embarked on a fourth, partly because his publishers did not commission one and partly because, by his own account in his autobiography Dreaming to Some Purpose (2004), the effort of writing Magician “had left [his] imagination exhausted” (383). But the interest of an American publisher, Frank DeMarco, in the first three volumes encouraged him to write another, which he did in 18 months, finding that his long …

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Tredell, Nicolas. "Spider World: Shadowland". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 20 May 2013
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