I am enthus'd about this Penguin edition of CAS for a number of reasons. I know that the book will bring Smith to the attention of hundreds of new readers; but I am also hoping that the book will result in a wave of serious critical reviews concerning Clark Ashton Smith as an American poet of merit. Smith's prose-poems are simply among the finest in that form in all of Literature, and my 1964 Arkham House edition of Poems in Prose is one of my moft cherish'd editions in my collection of Arkham House books. (Indeed, I am reading ye book againe, in preparation of doing a YouTube vlog concerning it.) The prose-poems will eventually see a new publication within a book being edited by Scott Connors for Centipede Press. Scott discuss'd ye book is a video he did with S. T. Joshi; & although I have previously posted that video here, I think I shall post it again nigh.
Clark Ashton Smith!! And because Penguin felt that many of their customers are unfamiliar with Smith, they have requested an Introduction of length, and thus S. T.'s intro & related matter comes to about 6,000 words. The book is schedule for publication next year. My moist palms ache to hold it.
THE DARK EIDOLON AND OTHER FANTASIES.
The short stories, prose poems, & poetry of Clark Ashton Smith. Edited, annotated, and with an Introduction by S. T. Joshi. Penguin Modern Classics 2014.
I have a feeling that I will be pofting more and more CAS-related blogs here. If you're not a Smith fan, I beg your patience. Reading the ingenious works of Clark Ashton Smith is like imbibing of a rare and heady elixir--and I have grown intoxicated.