Encyclopedia of Fantasy (1997)
Newbolt, [Sir] Henry

(1862-1938) UK poet and writer, now best remembered for the patriotic poems assembled in Admirals All and Other Verses (coll 1897 chap; exp vt The Island Race 1898) and the nostalgic verse – including "Vitaï Lampada" – assembled in Clifton Chapel and Other School Poems (coll 1908). Of his several novels, Aladore (1914) is a fantasy novel of some interest, set in a Land-of-Fable medieval Europe and clearly indebted in style and tone to William Morris, but with a dreamlike chamber-music air of its own. Haunted by a vision (a child who wears his face, and who becomes, literally, his Shadow), the protagonist undergoes a complex Quest which initially leads him to attack a Dark Tower at the heart of a City named Paladore, only to find that the battle he has joined is part of an immemorial Agon; later episodes, some redolent of Christian Fantasy, reveal the existence of a Godgame centred on the ultimate city of Aladore, where the protagonist finds his true love and his true self. [JC]

other works: The Old Country: A Romance (1906), a Timeslip romance.

[Sir] Henry Newbolt


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