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 …

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