"William Sharp (1855-1905) was a prolific writer; friend and confidant of the literati of the day; an active member of the occult world of the late Victorian period; and a man who spent his life cloaked in secrets. The most important being that he was the pen behind the writings of the mysterious Fiona Macleod. He kept her true identity a closely guarded secret. Many famous people of the day, including W.B. Yeats, "AE", MacGregor Mathers, Dante Gabriel Rossetti, were involved in Sharp's short life; he was a member of The Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn and of Yeats' secret Celtic Mystical Order; and he and Fiona Macleod were involved with the mysterious Dr Goodchild whose ancient bowl was proclaimed by many to be the true Holy Grail. But the enduring legacy of these two fascinating writers is the wealth of Faery magical lore contained in the writings of Fiona Macleod.
For the first time this book reveals previously unknown secrets from the life of William Sharp and shows clearly how to recover the Faery lore contained in Fiona Macleod's literary output.These writings are not only about the Realm of Faery, they are the first authentic first-hand accounts from the Realm of Faery, revealing previously unknown Faery gods and goddesses, Faery lore, belief and magic.
The Little Book of the Great Enchantment adds significantly to the corpus of serious writings on this greatly misunderstood subject."