The Dark Monarch

The Dark Monarch

Sven Berlin / Dec 07, 2019

The Dark Monarch NOW RE PUBLISHED ALMOST YEARS AFTER IT WAS BANNED In the autumn of The Dark Monarch by Sven Berlin was published and after a few weeks and a flurry of libel actions withdrawn Since that t

  • Title: The Dark Monarch
  • Author: Sven Berlin
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  • Page: 292
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  • NOW RE PUBLISHED, ALMOST 50 YEARS AFTER IT WAS BANNED In the autumn of 1962, The Dark Monarch by Sven Berlin, was published and, after a few weeks and a flurry of libel actions, withdrawn Since that time, a few of the surviving copies have appeared on the market, where they commanded a considerable price.The work was a roman a clef, a thinly disguised and irreverent portrNOW RE PUBLISHED, ALMOST 50 YEARS AFTER IT WAS BANNED In the autumn of 1962, The Dark Monarch by Sven Berlin, was published and, after a few weeks and a flurry of libel actions, withdrawn Since that time, a few of the surviving copies have appeared on the market, where they commanded a considerable price.The work was a roman a clef, a thinly disguised and irreverent portrait of St Ives and the artists and others, many now world famous names, who lived and worked there Barbara Hepworth, Ben Nicholson, Bernard Leach, Peter Lanyon, Patrick Heron, are but some of those described Their daily doings and foibles are all revealed, as are those of lesser characters, such as Guido Morris, the craft printer and various poets Of these, it was Arthur Caddick who was to be Sven Berlin s nemesis, and he it was who led the four libel litigants The work could be said to portray St Ives Art Colony with the lid off With the last of the litigants having passed away, the author s widow has authorised re publication The original text and the numerous line drawings by the author, are unchanged The new edition now includes a Foreword by Chris Stephens of the Tate Gallery, an acknowledged expert on the St Ives School Also included, are illustrations of the key , in the author s hand, written in 1981 but never published, where the true identity of the characters is disclosed for the first time Eight colour plates show examples of the author s sculpture and painting, a photo of the Tower which is central to the narrative and the author s hand written preparatory notes Also included is a detailed account of the events surrounding publication and withdrawal of the book, with a glossary explaining some of the names and terms used in the text.As nothing else, the book provides a no hold barred insight into the frenzied creativity of St Ives in its hey day, the petty jealousies and eccentricities Poverty too, is manifest here, and kindness, cheek by jowl with petty bureaucracy, romance and tragedy and frequent recourse to the local hostelries.Not for nothing did the Tate St Ives adopt the title of this book for a recent exhibition, acknowledging its significance, The jacket design incorporates an immensely powerful and previously unknown image of the Dark Monarch by the author, with sandalled feet and bowed head.Hardcover with dust jacket, pp 264 incl 8 colour plates Price 22.50, incl pp in the UK

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