Zanoni. Edward Bulwer-Lytton. This web edition published by [email protected] Last updated Wednesday, December 17, at To the best of our. Zanoni has ratings and 25 reviews. Dfordoom said: The English novelist Edward George Earle Lytton Bulwer-Lytton, 1st Baron Lytton (), is tod.. . I read Bulwer-Lytton’s “Zanoni” () when I was 15, and it blew me away emotionally. It still does, and obviously has some very intimate connections with my.

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Zanoni: A Rosicrucian Tale

Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Refresh and try again. Open Preview See a Problem? Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. Preview — Zanoni by Edward Bulwer-Lytton. Zanoni, first published inwas inspired by a dream.

Sir Edward, a Rosicrucian, wrote this engaging, lyfton, novel about the zanonk conflict between head and heart, between wisdom and love, played out by the Rosicrucians before the dramatic background of the French Revolution.

Edward Bulwer Lytton’s ZANONI : occult

He described his book Zanoni as “a truth for those who can comprehend it, and an Zanoni, first published inwas inspired by a dream. He described his book Zanoni as “a truth for those who can comprehend it, and an extravagance for those who cannot. The fourth section, “The Dweller of the Threshold,” is the book’s centerpiece, revealing significant esoteric facts and experiences.

A novelist, a dramatist, a scholar, an editor, and an active member of Parliament, Sir Edward was an extremely successful author whose writings were widely read throughout England and Europe. He poured into this esoteric work all of the ancient esoteric wisdom that he felt he could reveal to the public during an age buried deeply in materialism. This work remains one of the great, pioneering landmarks of esoteric writing.

Paperbackpages. Published December 1st by Steiner Books first published To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. To ask other readers questions about Zanoniplease sign up. Lists with This Book. Mar 18, Dfordoom rated it really liked it Shelves: Bulwer-Lytton was in fact a fine and imaginative writer and one of the most The English novelist Edward George Earle Lytton Bulwer-Lytton, 1st Baron Lyttonis today best-known for inspiring The Bulwer-Lytton Fiction Contest, a competition for the worst opening lines for the worst possible novels.

Bulwer-Lytton was in fact a fine and imaginative writer and one of the most interesting of all 19th century literary figures. His short story The Haunted and the Haunters is one of the minor masterpieces of horror. Bulwer-Lytton wrote in many genres and was the author of the fascinating science fiction novel The Coming Race. He had a keen interest in the occult and it is one of his occult novels with which we are concerned – Zanonipublished in It is often described as his Rosicrucian novel, although in fact the two key figures in the book, Zanoni and Mejnour, are not Rosicrucians but members of a much more ancient and much more secret fraternity.

Bulwer-Lytton’s Zanoni

They do however acknowledge the Rosicrucians as being on the right track. The alchemists they regard as sincere seekers after truth and wisdom, and often men of genius, but alchemy is not the path to the truths they seek. This is a novel within a novel. The author claims to have come into possession of a manuscript, a manuscript written by an adept in the occult arts.

He claims to have obtained the manuscript from its author, who claimed that it dealt with an idea derived from Plato, that there are four types of enthusiasm or mania.


Mania is used here in a positive sense, as a kind of ,ytton exaltation.

The four manias are the musical, the mystical, the prophetic and that that pertains to love. The manuscript describes events that supposedly took place at the end of the preceding century. The hero of the manuscript is Zanoni. Zanoni is one of two surviving members of a brotherhood that dates lyttom almost as far as the beginnings of human civilisation.

Zanoni appears to be a youngish zaanoni, but in fact his lifespan is measured not in mere centuries but in millennia. Majnour is even older.

Zanoni and Majnour chose different kinds of immortality. Zanoni chose eternal youth while Mejnour chose eternal old age. Mejnour is the more content of the two. The passions of youth are behind him. He is no longer prone zamoni emotional entanglements or the snares of the passions. He regards humanity with the detachment of a scientist. He almost never seeks to intervene in human affairs.

Zanoni on the other hand still knows the extremes of youth – the extremes of happiness and of despair. Zanoni can even fall in love, but he knows that to do so would have momentous consequences. Nevertheless when he meets Viola, the daughter of a brilliant Italian composer, he finds that try as lygton might he cannot escape love. This is most emphatically not a novel that treats the pytton as something evil. The occult in this novel is rather a seeking for wisdom. On the very rare occasions on which Mejnour does interfere in the affairs of humanity it is always on the side of good.

Zanoni frequently intervenes in human affairs, and again always on the side of good. Which is not to say that evil does not exist. It is a hazard even for the greatest of adepts, and among the common run of humanity it is all too common.

The evils in this book are all very human evils. Zanoni can also be seen as a novel of the French Revolution but to see it that way is to miss the point. The French Revolution merely represents the absolute nadir of humanity, an event so cataclysmically evil that it is capable of having an effect even on Zanoni.

Zanoni represents the ideal. All the major characters will find themselves drawn by destiny to Paris during the Zxnoni of Terror. It is somewhat pointless to try lyytton analyse this book in terms of plot and characterisation.

On the surface it might seem to be an historical novel but actually it is a philosophical novel that makes few concessions to realism, realism being an artistic ideal that Bulwer-Lytton regarded with contempt. In this novel Bulwer-Lytton works out his rather eccentric but fascinating ideas on the occult.

Bulwer-Lytton zanonu believed that a novel must be entertaining first of lyttton. If the author wishes to include multiple lytron of meaning and hidden depths and Zanoni includes those in abundance then he is free to do so so long as it does not detract from the enjoyment of the story.

A strange but fascinating concoction and a must-read for anyone with an interest in the development of 19th century weird fiction, and a gripping occult thriller by an author with a considerable knowledge of the subject. What Bulwer-Lytton has produced is a turgid gothic romance popular during the period.

Lots and Lots of exposition and little by way of dialogue, so it will not be the sort of book that modern genre readers will, most likely, enjoy. I’m not going to lyyton the plot here, visit its Wikipedia page if you wish to see this, but what I will do is tell you the zanni plot is that of a romantic tragedy Having said the above, Zanoni is still a good, but not great, lyttom within its tradition.


Jul 28, Stephanie Ricker rated it liked it Shelves: I feel like I should be wearing lytton ruffly blouse and sipping hot chocolate while I’m curled up in a twilit drawing room while I’m reading it. Why this is, I’m zanpni entirely sure, but it has something to do with the incredibly flowery prose, doubtless. This book is beautiful. The writing is elegant. The characters are believable and moving. There are few books that have moved me to tears and this book is now among those few.

The book is layered wondrously. If desired, it can zanonii read solely for the surface story of those who would seek truth and love. However, for those zznoni enjoy digging deeper, there is more to behold. There is an immense amount of social and moral commentary. This is a book that zanobi the divine without the fetters of r This book is beautiful. This is a book that approaches the divine without the fetters of religion. When one considers the era in which this was written, that in and of itself heralds the enlightenment of this author.

This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Below is the brief synopsis of the book with some side notes. Unfortunately, the novel is written in a very prosaic Victorian English, a style, which modern readers might not have the time or the patience to read. I would love to see a movie or a screenplay made of this story if it kept the original theme, message and esoteric tradition.

Bulwer-Lytton, was a English aristocrat and Earl of Knebsworth. Knebsworth remained open to the public. He was a pioneer historical novelist, and far mo Below is the brief synopsis of the book with some side notes.

He was a pioneer historical novelist, zanonj far more meticulous in his research and accurate in his facts than his contemporaries. The author was a member of the English Rosicrucian society, founded in by Robert Wenworth Little.

This explains why he was so very knowledgeable in what we now call the Western Esoteric Tradition, and it is said that the famous French occultist Eliphas Levi came to England to visit him, although the tradition of secrecy that veiled these matters in those day was such that it is difficult to ascertain the cause of their meeting or what may have happened as a consequence. The introductory chapter to the story of Zanoni recounts how the narrator, in his younger days, had been keen to become acquainted with the true origin and tenets of the Rosicrucian order.

In his search he visited an obscure bookshop in Covent Garden, where he met an old man who hinted that he might well enlighten him should they happen to meet again. Indeed they do meet very shortly afterwards at the foot of Highgate Hill and the old man invites the young man to his house, in a secluded part of Highgate overlooking London, and instructs him in secret esoteric philosophy.