chapter  12
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Beyond The Blue Lagoon : some popular ref lections of the Fall

ByBR IAN MURDOCH

In justification of the title of this paper, I once discussed in print in the context of the Fall a poem by the Aberdeen-born Alexander Scott (1920-1989) called ‘Blues for The Blue Lagoon ’ (Murdoch, 2000, pp. 18-19). His title alludes to a film, made in 1980, of a once-famous Edwardian novel which I bracketed, somewhat irreverently, with the Genesis-commentary of Hrabanus Maurus. Henry de Vere Stacpoole’s The Blue Lagoon was itself a descendant of the eighteenth-century novel by Bernardin de Saint-Pierre called Paul et Virginie . All of these writers interpret the story of Adam, Eve and the Fall, and I shall return to them all except, you may be relieved to know, Hrabanus Maurus.