First Blush: A Meegs Miscellany

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 The writing career of M.E. Meegs began in the fall of 1900, when her first short pieces appeared in English newspapers. By this time, the intrepid young woman—in her guise as Emmie Reese—had already become a featured player in a series of mysteries, some of which would be recounted in her own inimitable voice. It is her subtle transformation from fictional New Woman to postmodern authorial surrogate which this important volume so scrupulously documents.

Here you will find not only the three Emmie Reese Mystery short stories—The Birth of M.E. Meegs, Hidden Booty, and Psi no more—but also her unique newspaper reportage, her pioneering foray into the world of the literary magazine, and, most vitally, the opening novella of her greatest work of all.

Babes at Sea is the first installment of what Meegs promises will be the crowning glory of her nascent, yet universally acclaimed, career: the great novaplex, Byblos Foretold. This groundbreaking chef d’œuvre is not simply a revolutionary new form—though it is that—but also a work of rarest distinction.

What a treat lies in store for those discerning souls wise enough to get their hands on this gem of a volume!

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About the author

 M.E. Meegs began writing epic poetry while still in the cradle, though her first real recognition came only after the completion of her dramatic tragedy, Dolly’s Fourth, and Final, Crusade. Written when she was five, it chronicles the midnight adventure of a favorite doll, which ended sadly in the jaws of a neighbor’s mastiff.

 She lives now in Prospect Heights, Brooklyn, with a first-class typewriter and a middling husband who will soon be in need of a food taster if he doesn’t begin showing a little more appreciation for her literary efforts.

 A truly loving soul, she harbors neither children nor pets—fearing the temptation to make sacrifices of them to her tetchy muse might prove irresistible. She does, however, heartily enjoy the company of her devotees, so please do stop by her virtual home at:

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May 4, 2017
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From the Trade Paperback edition.
 This, the second Harry Reese Mystery omnibus, includes the fourth, fifth, and sixth novels in the series, books which feature a pair of zoologically minded Shakespearean scholars, a pretender to the Celtic Revival, the pseudonymous writer of some very heady English poetry, and two of America’s greatest authors of the era—or, at least, their stand-ins.

 A Charm of Powerful Trouble, set in the autumn of 1902, begins with a killing in a faux Chinatown and ends in a séance. Before it’s over, Harry will meet cricket ranchers, vaudeville artistes, white slavers, morality crusaders, circus roustabouts, and wayward Utopians, and frequently become sidetracked by the need to rescue his loved ones from jail, or the clutches of a ruthless tong.


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 Posing in Paradise takes place in 1905, when the great Henry James visits Emmie’s hometown to deliver a lecture to the local literati. He is feted in grand style—and so is the Englishman impersonating him. In the meantime, a vacationing Harry has stumbled upon a body marinating in an abandoned canal bed. Then the body vanishes. Twice. These two plots, each sufficiently ludicrous in its own right, coalesce to produce a truly remarkable story, one that dares to answer the age-old question: is it possible for a man to drown in his blancmange?

 Also included are a list of characters and a glossary of period language.

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