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Masters of Atlantis

(1985)
A novel by

 
 
Back in print, Charles Portis's brilliant "white comedy" -an unforgettable tale of secret societies, lost cities, and sacred texts.

Following last year's enthusiastically received reissue of Charles Portis's novels The Dog of the South and Norwood comes the republication of The Masters of Atlantis, the third in Overlook's reissues of the novels of this American master. This unforgettable novel centers on Lamar Jimmerson, a man in the front ranks of the modern-day Gnomon Society, the international fraternal order dedicated to preserving the arcane wisdom of the lost city of Atlantis. Stationed in France in 1917, Jimmerson comes across a little book crammed with Atlantean puzzles, Egyptian riddles, and extended alchemical metaphors, the Codex Pappus-said to be the sacred Gnomonic text. Soon he is basking in the lore of lost Atlantis, convinced that his mission on earth is to administer and expand the ranks of this noble brotherhood. Taking us through the entire New Cycle of Gnomonism-through the publication of Jimmerson's own Gnomonic texts, through the scandalous schism that rocks the Gnomonic community, through Jimmerson's disastrous bid for the governorship of Indiana, to the fateful gathering of Gnomons in a mobile-home park in East Texas-Masters of Atlantis is a cockeyed journey into an America of misfits and con men, oddballs and innocents. It is quintessential Portis.

"Much as I love Charles Portis's other books, I believe Masters of Atlantis takes off even higher into the comic empyrean." - Roy Blount, Jr.

"[Portis is] the least known great writer in America." - Ron Rosenbaum, Esquire

Genre: Fantasy

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Hardback Editions

October 1985 : USA Hardback
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Title: Masters of Atlantis
Author(s): Charles Portis
ISBN: 0-394-54683-0 / 978-0-394-54683-4 (USA edition)
Publisher: Knopf
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Paperback Editions

December 2010 : UK Paperback
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Title: Masters of Atlantis
Author(s): Charles Portis
ISBN: 0-7156-4097-6 / 978-0-7156-4097-5 (UK edition)
Publisher: Gerald Duckworth & Co Ltd
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March 2000 : USA Paperback
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Title: Masters of Atlantis
Author(s): Charles Portis
ISBN: 1-58567-021-9 / 978-1-58567-021-5 (USA edition)
Publisher: Harry N. Abrams
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January 1989 : USA Paperback
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Title: Masters of Atlantis
Author(s): Charles Portis
ISBN: 0-07-050503-9 / 978-0-07-050503-2 (USA edition)
Publisher: McGraw-Hill
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Audio Editions

August 2018 : MP3 CD
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Title: Masters of Atlantis
Author(s): Charles Portis
ISBN: 1-72131-248-X / 978-1-72131-248-1
Publisher: Blackstone on Brilliance Audio
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August 2013 : USA Audio CD
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Title: Masters of Atlantis
Author(s): Charles Portis
ISBN: 1-4708-9062-3 / 978-1-4708-9062-9 (USA edition)
Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.
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February 2008 : USA Audio edition
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Title: Masters of Atlantis
Author(s): Charles Portis
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February 2008 : Australia Audio edition
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Title: Masters of Atlantis
Author(s): Charles Portis
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February 2008 : Canada Audio edition
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Title: Masters of Atlantis
Author(s): Charles Portis
Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.
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February 2008 : UK Audio edition
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Title: Masters of Atlantis
Author(s): Charles Portis
Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.
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March 2002 : USA Audio Cassette
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Title: Masters of Atlantis: Library Edition
Author(s): Charles Portis
ISBN: 0-7861-2141-6 / 978-0-7861-2141-0 (USA edition)
Publisher: Blackstone Pub
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March 2002 : USA Audio CD
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Title: Masters of Atlantis Lib/E
Author(s): Charles Portis
ISBN: 0-7861-9576-2 / 978-0-7861-9576-3 (USA edition)
Publisher: Blackstone Publishing
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Kindle Editions

March 2000 : USA, Canada, UK Kindle edition
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Title: The Masters of Atlantis
Author(s): Charles Portis
Publisher: The Overlook Press
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