Books by John Crowley

John Crowley lives in the hills above the Connecticut River in nothern Massachusetts with his wife and twin daughters. He is the author of Daemonomania; Love and Sleep; Ægypt; Little, Big; and, most recently, The Translator.


THE CHEMICAL WEDDING BY CHRISTIAN ROSENCREUTZ by John Crowley
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 8, 2016

"A curiosity, but just right for the budding New Age-inclined alchemist of the household."
Gnostic gnovelist Crowley (Aegypt, 2013, etc.) goes to the well in this rendering of the Ur-text of Rosicrucianism. Read full book review >
FOUR FREEDOMS by John Crowley
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 1, 2009

"More rich, satisfying food for thought from one of America's most imaginative and accomplished novelists."
The American home front during World War II serves as metaphor for a fallen world seeking renewal in the latest from Crowley (Lord Byron's Novel, 2005, etc.). Read full book review >
ENDLESS THINGS by John Crowley
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: May 1, 2007

"Forbiddingly intricate, frequently static and, doubtless, only semi-intelligible to readers who do not recall in considerable detail the content of its three predecessors."
The search for knowledge that obsesses historian Pierce Moffett reaches an inevitably muted conclusion in this dense, final volume of Crowley's fascinating, knotty Ægypt Quartet. Read full book review >
LORD BYRON’S NOVEL: THE EVENING LAND by John Crowley
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 1, 2005

"Complex and satisfying, pleasurably dizzying in its layers and self-references, and addictively readable."
A lost novel by Lord Byron—yes, that Lord Byron—surfaces in present-day London and unfolds here, in a multilayered meditation on the nature of the self and of father-daughter relationships, all bound up in a ripping good story. Read full book review >
NOVELTIES & SOUVENIRS by John Crowley
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 1, 2004

"A pleasing introduction to a very interesting writer's several 'worlds.'"
Retellings of familiar stories and bizarre dystopian visions, in 15 stories by the popular author better known for such SF and fantasy novels as Aegypt (1987) and Little, Big (1981). Read full book review >
THE TRANSLATOR by John Crowley
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 10, 2002

"A rarity: a love story with a core of intelligence and insight."
Is it no longer possible for poetry to carry the soul of nations? That's the question raised by this tale of a love affair between a young American student and an exiled Soviet poet. Read full book review >
DAEMONOMANIA by John Crowley
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 8, 2000

"Deeply atmospheric, impressively learned, endlessly suggestive: it won't mean much, though, to readers who haven't wrestled with its equally demanding predecessors. Crowley's work is a taste well worth acquiring, but you have to work at it."
Historian Pierce Moffett's ongoing scholarly obsession with "magic, secret histories, and the End of the World" is depicted in ever darkening hues—in the forbiddingly dense third volume of Crowley's ambitious Aegypt Quartet (Aegypt, 1987; Love and Sleep, 1994). Read full book review >
LOVE AND SLEEP by John Crowley
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 15, 1994

Crowley (Aegypt, 1987, etc.) struggles to recapture the smooth blending of straight narrative and speculative hermeticism that gave his best work, Little, Big (1981), the startling quality of metaphysical realism. It eludes him, unfortunately, here. Very much a book of levels, as the title's two primal forces indicate, this is the story of a writer named Pierce Moffett, who grew up with his mother and uncle and cousins in rural Kentucky (far removed from his homosexual father back in New York City). Pierce eventually turns into an upstate New York loner, an isolato equipped with paranormal gifts of magic and wisdom that set him more firmly in tune with the music of the spheres than with the lives of his neighbors. The book is a chronicle of Pierce's slow steps into this world (a fuller sex life, learning to drive) but also a charting of the introduction he unwittingly provides to others of a reality off, as it were, to one side of daily conscious life. Crowley adds historical focus in chapters about the struggles of two 16th-century psychic pioneers, the Italian metaphysician Giordano Bruno and the English mage John Dee. These historical sections, though graceful (Crowley is a deliciously elegant writer, sentence by sentence), are heavy dumplings; and though Crowley ultimately and quite strikingly turnbuckles the two levels into one at the end, it feels a lot less than natural and inevitable. The split-vision pretty much weighs down the spring of Pierce's pilgrim's progress into love and eroticism (women, but also a sexual relationship with a 13-year-old boy who is his illegitimate son, a pure Eros figure). In the end, the secret knowledge so sought after here comes to seem a burden the reader would rather shrug off than embrace. Disappointing. Read full book review >