Allatini, Rose Laure

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(1890-1980) Austrian-born author, in UK from 1911 or earlier, who also published as by Eunice Buckley, A T Fitzroy, Mrs Cyril Scott and Lucian Wainwright. Though her identity was not revealed at this point, she gained some vicarious notoriety for her novel Despised and Rejected (1918) as by A T Fitzroy, which was successfully prosecuted for its sympathetic presentation of a homosexual conscientious objector in World War One, a totally unacceptable mix of transgressions as far as the diseased moral climate of the early twentieth century was concerned (see Imperialism; Sex). Much of her fiction (mostly as by Buckley) was nonfantastic, though her strong interest in Theosophy suffuses almost all her work with an aura of the occult. An early example of this bent of mind is When I Was Queen in Babylon (1921) as R Allatini, whose protagonist is saved from the ministrations of the medical profession by a Theosophist able to interpret her inner being. Later Buckley novels of similar interest include For Benefits Received (1960) and The Man on the Rope (1967).

Allatini is of modest sf interest for Oracle (1937) as by Lucian Wainwright, whose protagonist is gifted/cursed with Psi Powers which include the capacity to heal. [JC]

Rose Laure Allatini

born Vienna, Austro-Hungarian Empire: 23 January 1890

died Hastings, Sussex: 1980

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