Robert W. Chanbers’ The
King in Yellow, a collection of short stories, is considered one of the
most important works of American supernatural fiction. Within the collection is
“The Prophets’ Paradise,” a dream-like narrative of prose and poetry. Featuring
personifications of Love and Truth, the story’s structure has a palindrome-like
quality with internal repetition. Romantic in tone and ambiguous in theme, “The
Prophets’ Paradise” is one of Chambers’ more experimental pieces.
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