Re: RARA-AVIS: The Great Wrong Place

From: Juri Nummelin (
Date: 10 Feb 2000

On Thu, 10 Feb 2000, Kevin Burton Smith wrote:

> I've seen this phrase bandied about a lot lately. For the benefit of
> those of us who aren't on a one-name basis with every literary light
> who ever hung up a shingle, which Lawrence came up with the phrase,
> and what's the context? And what was the actual city?

It has to do with more people than just D.H. Lawrence and really goes back to the Industrial and French Revolutions and the Romantic philosophy of Rousseau, Coleridge, Wordsworth and Herder and all those German guys. William Blake wrote about "the satanic mills" meaning London's factories and mines around it. What I was saying about Hammett's and Lovecraft's relationship to all this was that they break the dichotomy by saying that even the healing nature has been damaged. The nature is all the same satanic mill.


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