Michael Cox, 1948-2009

meaningIf you’ve been reading this blog for a while, you might remember that last year I was completely swept away by The Meaning of Night and The Glass of Time, two of the most well-done modern Victorian pastiches I have ever read. This morning, I awake to the news, via Harriet Devine’s blog, that Michael Cox died on March 31 at age 60. For years, he had been battling a rare form of cancer, which actually drove him to publish his two wonderful novels. Alas, the cancer did not give him time to finish the third book in the series, which he did envision as a trilogy, although each novel can stand on its own.

Read more about Cox here and here, but more important, read his books! glassoftime

“For Death is the meaning of night; the eternal shadow into which all lives must fall, all hopes expire.”

—Michael Cox, The Meaning of Night

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6 Responses to Michael Cox, 1948-2009

  1. I had received an ARC of The Meaning of Night and afterward bought The Glass of Time as soon as I could find a copy.

    I haven’t gotten around to reading it yet, but after hearing this news, I feel as if I should honor the author by making it my next read.

  2. Kristen M. says:

    This is incredibly sad news. These were some of my favorite books of the past few years and I was hoping for more despite his bad health. It’s unfortunate that he didn’t write earlier in life because he was fantastic!

  3. Danielle says:

    I was so sad to hear this. I didn’t realize he was ill. I need to go and read his book now (the first) that I’ve had languishing on my TBR pile.

  4. Jenny says:

    I just finished The Meaning of Night (after your recommendation) and have been considering my review. How sad that there won’t be more from his talent.

  5. adevotedreader says:

    I was sad to hear this, although I still haven’t got to either of his books yet. I’m usually wary of cod-Victorian novels over the real thing, but given how much you liked it, will try it anyway.

  6. Teresa says:

    J.C.: I read both books in rapid succession last year because I got an ARC of The Glass of Time. The Glass of Time is very, very good. (I give The Meaning of Night a slight edge, but I think part of that was that my joy in reading it was in part the joy of discovering a new favorite author.)

    Kristen: Yeah, I was so looking forward to a third book (and the groundwork was laid nicely in The Glass of Time). I am glad, though, that he had time to give us these two great books.

    Danielle: With your love of mysteries and of Victoriana, I think you’ll like these. He gets the mood just right.

    Jenny: I’m pleased that you read (and enjoyed) Meaning of Night. He truly was a great talent.

    adevotedreader: I frequently get pulled into reading these pastiches, but I rarely find them entirely satisfying. Cox’s books are exactly the kind of thing I hope for but never find when reading these kinds of books.

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