Reintroducing The Demi-Gods

The fifth volume in The Roger Mifflin Collection is available today: The Demi-Gods, a 1914 masterpiece by James Stephens.

“If you need ‘all manner of Irish,’ and a relapse into irresponsible freakishness, try ‘The Demi-Gods,’ by James Stephens,” said Mifflin, the proprietor of Christopher Morley’s Haunted Bookshop. “It is a better book than one deserves or expects. It’s a good thing to turn your mind upside down now and then, like an hour-glass, to let the particles run the other way.”

Three angels come to Earth to learn more about people. They land in the Irish countryside and encounter a nomadic man and his feisty daughter, and what happens next is what happens next. 

I can’t describe the book any better than that, or any better than Morley does. My main point in sharing this series is that I haven’t yet found a book Roger Mifflin recommends that hasn’t delighted and challenged me as a reader, and what more can you ask?

Once again, this is a “lost” classic that deserves to be rediscovered and preserved, and so it joins The Roger Mifflin Collection.

Published by WarrenBluhm

Wordsmith and podcaster, Warren is a reporter, editor and storyteller who lives near the shores of Green Bay with his wife, two golden retrievers, Dejah and Summer, and Blackberry, an insistent cat. Author of Echoes of Freedom Past, Full, Refuse to be Afraid, Gladness is Infectious, 24 flashes, How to Play a Blue Guitar, Myke Phoenix: The Complete Novelettes, A Bridge at Crossroads, The Imaginary Bomb, A Scream of Consciousness, and The Imaginary Revolution.

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