Silverlock

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This article is about the novel by John Myers Myers. For other uses, see Silverlock (disambiguation).
Silverlock
First edition cover
First edition cover
Author John Myers Myers
Country United States
Language English
Genre Fantasy novel
Publisher E. P. Dutton
Publication date
1949
Media type Print (Hardback & Paperback)
Pages 349 pp
ISBN NA

Silverlock is a novel by John Myers Myers published in 1949. The novel's settings and characters, aside from the protagonist, are all drawn from history, mythology, and other works of literature.

In 1981, The Moon's Fire-Eating Daughter was published. Thematically related to Silverlock, it was billed as a "sequel to Silverlock" on the cover.

Plot summary[edit]

While on a sea voyage, a ship named Naglfar founders. One anhedonic passenger, A. Clarence Shandon (M.B.A., Wisconsin) is washed ashore in a fictional land known as "The Commonwealth of Letters". He is befriended by Golias, who nicknames him "Silverlock" and who becomes his guide. Silverlock and Golias encounter figures from history, literature and mythology.

Characters in Silverlock[edit]

This is a partial listing of the characters, settings, and events that are drawn from history, and from works of literature and mythology. Some of the characters go by names other than those given below, thus the reader is expected to identify them from their contexts.

Literary significance & criticism[edit]

"John Myers Myers is remembered [largely] for SILVERLOCK, a recursive fantasy that centres on a picaresque voyage by a shipwrecked protagonist through the 'Commonwealth' (of literature), where he encounters numerous characters and situations from world literature and mythology -- the Ass of Apuleius, Beowulf, the Green Knight, Robin Hood, Dante's Hell, Friar John from RABELAIS, and many more. The novel is light and pleasant, rather in the manner of Christopher Morley . . . " Grant [2]

" . . . Gulliverian fantasy in which a castaway is washed up on the shore of the Commonwealth, where all the great characters of literature are to be found; the hapless hero wanders around, repeatedly getting himself into difficulties and finding famous rescuers, eventually cultivating a kind of heroism. An amusing exercise in literary game playing . . . " Barron [3]

"Journeys of self-discovery appear in every genre, teaching us about the main character as well as ourselves. The journey takes many forms: Gilgamesh searching for immortality; Dante's trips to Heaven, Hell, and Purgatory; and Wyatt and Billy's road trip in Easy Rider, among many others. These voyages speak to human beings' desire to answer fundamental questions about their place in the world. John Myers Myers takes a novel approach to this genre in Silverlock. His main character learns about himself by participating in the lives of other literary figures." Eller [4]

Release details[edit]

Footnotes[edit]

  1. ^ "The Archpoet: The Confession Of Golias". Medieval Sourcebook. Fordham University Center for Medieval Studies. December 2006. Retrieved 2008-08-10. 
  2. ^ Clute, Grant (1997). The Encyclopedia of Fantasy. 
  3. ^ Barron (1990). Fantasy Literature. 
  4. ^ Eller, Eric (2006-05-05). "John Myers Myers, Silverlock (Ace Books, 2005)". Green Man Review. Retrieved 2008-08-10. 
  5. ^ Library of Congress listing

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