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The Corn King and the Spring Queen

(1931)
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The Corn King and the Spring Queen is a tale of murder and revenge and of lasting love set in the Classical world several centuries before Christianity. It opens on the shores of the Black Sea when a pagan priest-king takes his rival's eldest daughter as his bride. The match is part of a scheme: she is a witch, and is supposed to weaken her husband's power. Instead, they fall in love. Cursed after her father's death, she flees Scythia to be cleansed of her blood guilt. She journeys from Sparta, on the brink of its own doom, to Egypt, a dissolute empire where scarcely anything is truly sacred. Magic spells, tenderness, brutality, unnatural acts, primitive rites, beauty and love suffuse this intimate rendering of a heroic woman of the distant past. First published in 1931, this is Naomi Mitchison's masterwork.

Genre: Literary Fiction

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July 1990 : USA Hardback
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Title: The Corn King and the Spring Queen
Author(s): Naomi Mitchison
ISBN: 0-87951-377-2 / 978-0-87951-377-1 (USA edition)
Publisher: Harry N. Abrams
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January 1931 : USA Library Binding

Title: Corn King & Spring Queen
Author(s): Naomi Mitchison
ISBN: 0-7812-0167-5 / 978-0-7812-0167-4 (USA edition)
Publisher: Reprint Services Corp
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Paperback Editions

January 1998 : UK Paperback
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Title: The Corn King and Spring Queen (Canongate Classics)
Author(s): Naomi Mitchison
ISBN: 0-86241-287-0 / 978-0-86241-287-6 (UK edition)
Publisher: Canongate Books
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January 1994 : USA Paperback
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Title: Corn King and the Spring Queen (The Hera Series)
Author(s): Naomi Mitchison
ISBN: 0-939149-99-0 / 978-0-939149-99-5 (USA edition)
Publisher: Soho Press
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September 1983 : UK Paperback
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Title: The Corn King and the Spring Queen (VMC)
Author(s): Naomi Mitchison
ISBN: 0-86068-384-2 / 978-0-86068-384-1 (UK edition)
Publisher: Virago Press Ltd
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July 2010 : USA, Canada, UK Kindle edition
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Title: The Corn King and the Spring Queen (Canongate Classics Book 29)
Author(s): Naomi Mitchison
Publisher: Canongate Books
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