Darke Hierogliphicks: Alchemy in English Literature from Chaucer to the Restoration

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University Press of Kentucky, 1996 - Literary Criticism - 373 pages
The literary influence of alchemy and hermeticism in the work of most medieval and early modern authors has been overlooked. Stanton Linden now provides the first comprehensive examination of this influence on English literature from the late Middle Ages through the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries.
Drawing extensively on alchemical allusions as well as on the practical and theoretical background of the art and its pictorial tradition, Linden demonstrates the pervasiveness of interest in alchemy during this three-hundred-year period.

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Stanton J. Linden is associate professor of English at Washington State University.

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