Ebony and Crystal

Clark Ashton SMITH (1893 - 1961)

As stated in L'Alouette: A Magazine of Verse, "Ebony and Crystal is an artist's intrepid repudiation of the world of trolleys and cash-registers, Freudian complexes and Binet-Simon tests, for realms of exalted and iridescent strangeness beyond space and time yet real as any reality because dreams have made them so. Mr. Smith has escaped the fetish of life and the world, and glimpsed the perverse, titanic beauty of death and the universe; taking infinity as his canvas and recording in awe the vagaries of suns and planets, gods, and daemons, and blind amorphous horrors that haunt gardens of polychrome fungi more remote than Algol and Achernar. It is a cosmos of vivid flame and glacial abysses that he celebrates, and the colorful luxuriance with which he peoples it could be born from nothing less than sheer genius.

The summation of Mr. Smith's exotic vision is perhaps attained in the long phantasmal procession of blank verse pentameters entitled, "The Hashish-Eater; or, the Apocalypse of Evil." In this frenzied plunge through nameless gulfs of interstellar terror the Californian presents a narcotic pageant of poisonous vermilious and paralysing shadows whose content is equalled only by its verbal medium; a medium involving one of the most opulent and fastidiously choice vocabularies ever commanded by a writer of English."

Clark Ashton Smith, referred to as one of the big three of Weird Tales, was a romantic-style poet, a Lovecraftian-style writer and a literary friend of H.P Lovecraft. As a poet, he was considered one of the last great West Coast Romantics. Ebony and Crystal, published in 1922, was Smith's last collection of pure poetry.
- Summary by Mary Kay and L'Alouette: A Magazine of Verse

Genre(s): Single author

Language: English

Section Chapter Reader Time
Play 00 Preface, by George Sterling Mike Pelton
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Play 01 Arabesque Keith Louis
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Play 02 Beyond the Great Wall Keith Louis
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Play 03 To Omar Khayyam Thomas A. Copeland
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Play 04 Strangeness Sandra Cullum
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Play 05 The Infinite Quest Sandra Cullum
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Play 06 Rosa Mystica Sandra Cullum
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Play 07 The Nereid Sandra Cullum
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Play 08 In Saturn Damla Ozdemir
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Play 09 Impression Sandra Cullum
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Play 10 Triple Aspect Anusha Iyer
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Play 11 Desolation Keith Louis
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Play 12 The Orchid Amy Gramour
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Play 13 A Fragment Anusha Iyer
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Play 14 Crepuscle Sandra Cullum
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Play 15 Inferno Sandra Cullum
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Play 16 Mirrors S.A. Judasin
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Play 17 Belated Love S.A. Judasin
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Play 18 The Absence of the Muse JudyDerby
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Play 19 Dissonance Shakira Searle
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Play 20 To Nora May French Anusha Iyer
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Play 21 In Lemuria Leonard Wilson
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Play 22 Recompense Keith Louis
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Play 23 Exotique Leonard Wilson
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Play 24 Transcendence Shakira Searle
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Play 25 Satiety Anusha Iyer
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Play 26 The Ministers of Law Leonard Wilson
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Play 27 Coldness S.A. Judasin
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Play 28 The Desert Garden Amy Gramour
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Play 29 The Crucifixion of Eros Shakira Searle
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Play 30 The Exile Leonard Wilson
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Play 31 Ave Atque Vale Leonard Wilson
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Play 32 Solution Leonard Wilson
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Play 33 The Tears of Lilith Sandra Cullum
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Play 34 A Precept MaryAnn
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Play 35 Remembered Light MaryAnn
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Play 36 Song MaryAnn
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Play 37 Haunting MaryAnn
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Play 38 The Hidden Paradise Leonard Wilson
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Play 39 Cleopatra Leonard Wilson
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Play 40 Ecstasy Sandra Cullum
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Play 41 Union Amy Gramour
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Play 42 Psalm Leonard Wilson
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Play 43 In November MaryAnn
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Play 44 Symbols MaryAnn
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Play 45 The Hashish-Eater; or, the Apocalypse of Evil, Part I Amy Gramour
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Play 46 The Hashish-Eater; or, the Apocalypse of Evil, Part II Amy Gramour
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Play 47 The Sorrow of the Winds MaryAnn
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Play 48 Artemis Leonard Wilson
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Play 49 Love is Not Yours, Love is Not Mine Sandra Cullum
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Play 50 The City in the Desert MaryAnn
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Play 51 The Melancholy Pool MaryAnn
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Play 52 The Mirrors of Beauty MaryAnn
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Play 53 Winter Moonlight MaryAnn
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Play 54 To the Beloved MaryAnn
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Play 55 Requiescat Leonard Wilson
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Play 56 Mirage Leonard Wilson
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Play 57 Inheritance Anusha Iyer
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Play 58 Autumnal Shakira Searle
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Play 59 Chant of Autumn Shakira Searle
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Play 60 Echo of Memnon Anusha Iyer
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Play 61 Twilight on the Snow Amy Gramour
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Play 62 Image MaryAnn
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Play 63 The Refuge of Beauty MaryAnn
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Play 64 Nightmare Anusha Iyer
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Play 65 The Mummy Anusha Iyer
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Play 66 Forgetfulness Amy Gramour
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Play 67 Flamingoes Amy Gramour
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Play 68 The Chimaera Sandra Cullum
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Play 69 Satan Unrepentant Thomas A. Copeland
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Play 70 The Abyss Triumphant Anusha Iyer
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Play 71 The Motes Amy Gramour
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Play 72 The Medusa of Despair Anusha Iyer
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Play 73 Laus Mortis Anusha Iyer
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Play 74 The Ghoul and the Seraph Harley James
00:07:05
Play 75 At Sunrise nbvoices
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Play 76 The Land of Evil Stars Sandra Cullum
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Play 77 The Harlot of the World Anusha Iyer
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Play 78 The Hope of the Infinite Anusha Iyer
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Play 79 Love Malevolent Anusha Iyer
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Play 80 Palms Amy Gramour
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Play 81 Memnon at Midnight Anusha Iyer
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Play 82 Eidolon Anusha Iyer
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Play 83 The Kingdom of Shadows Anusha Iyer
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Play 84 Requiescat in Pace Anusha Iyer
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Play 85 Alexandrines Anusha Iyer
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Play 86 Ashes of Sunset Anusha Iyer
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Play 87 November Twilight Amy Gramour
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Play 88 Sepulture Anusha Iyer
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Play 89 Quest Anusha Iyer
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Play 90 Beauty Implacable Anusha Iyer
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Play 91 A Vision of Lucifer Anusha Iyer
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Play 92 Desire of Vastness Anusha Iyer
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Play 93 Anticipation Amy Gramour
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Play 94 A Psalm to the Best Beloved Anusha Iyer
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Play 95 The Witch in the Graveyard Harley James
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Play 96 The Traveler Anusha Iyer
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Play 97 The Flower-Devil Amy Gramour
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Play 98 Images Anusha Iyer
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Play 99 The Black Lake Anusha Iyer
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Play 100 Vignettes Thomas A. Copeland
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Play 101 A Dream of Lethe Anusha Iyer
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Play 102 The Caravan Anusha Iyer
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Play 103 The Princess Almeena MaryAnn
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Play 104 Ennui Thomas A. Copeland
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Play 105 The Statue of Silence Anusha Iyer
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Play 106 Remoteness Amy Gramour
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Play 107 The Memnons of the Night Anusha Iyer
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Play 108 The Garden and the Tomb Amy Gramour
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Play 109 In Cocaigne Anusha Iyer
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Play 110 The Litany of the Seven Kisses Jacquelyn Bengfort
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Play 111 From a Letter Jacquelyn Bengfort
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Play 112 From the Crypts of Memory Sandra Cullum
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Play 113 A Phantasy Anusha Iyer
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Play 114 The Demon, the Angel, and Beauty Anusha Iyer
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Play 115 The Shadows Thomas A. Copeland
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