by Cutcliffe Hyne
Dust jacket and frontispiece by William Dixon
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Oswald Train, 1974; 352 pp; limited to 900 hardcover copies
The Lost Continent: The Story of Atlantis is a fantasy novel by C. J. Cutcliffe Hyne. It is considered one of the classic fictional retellings of the story of the drowning of Atlantis, combining elements of the myth told by Plato with the earlier Greek myth concerning the survival of a universal flood and restoration of the human race by Deucalion. The novel was published first in serial form in Pearson's Magazine in the issues for July-December 1899, and in hardcover book form by Hutchinson (London) and Harpers (New York) in 1900.
The novel uses the common nineteenth-century device of a "framing story" to set its narrative in context and augment its believability. The story proper was written supposedly by Deucalion, a warrior-priest of ancient Atlantis; the text having been partly destroyed inadvertently by one of its discoverers at the time of its finding, it is not entirely complete. Deucalion's account describes his heroic but ultimately doomed battle to save Atlantis from destruction by its avaricious and selfish queen, Phorenice.