: Forgotten Masterpiece? Marguerite Young's Miss MacIntosh My Darling by Kenneth King :

Kenneth King

Forgotten Masterpiece? Marguerite Young’s Miss MacIntosh, My Darling

 

Marguerite Young’s oceanic novel and incomparable magnum opus, Miss MacIntosh, My Darling, remains, more than fifty years after its publication, in 1965 (and after its protean, eighteen-year, two-volume incubation), one of America’s most eccentric, incontrovertibly visionary, and incontestably original masterpieces.

Young’s only extended work of fiction is a virtuosic landmark, a singularly sustained surrealist novel. A spellbinding tour de force, its vast sweep delivers up rare ingenious interfusions of luminous lyric poetry packed with haunting torrents of psychotropic imagery, grounded in impeccably wrought hypnotic prose.

Exemplary for its intense, inextricable weaves of stream-of-consciousness modalities, it executes astonishing literary pirouettes—fantastical phantasmagoric transformations of time, space, and character that fascinate with a highly controlled literary mastery.  Reading and savoring its grandiloquence present a tantalizing challenge for adventuresome readers—a high-altitude excursion having oblique kinships with Proust, Joyce, Faulkner, and Woolf.