Pseudonym of Scottish writer James Leslie Mitchell (1901-1935), a name he used mostly for the Scottish novels for which he is now best remembered – they were assembled as A Scots Quair (omni 1946) – but not for his sf (for which see his main entry). An unfinished sf tale, "Kametis and Evelpis", was completed by John Gawsworth for his Masterpiece of Thrills (anth 1936), where it appeared as by Gibbon; the more recent use of this pseudonym for sf in Scotland [see Checklist] was presumably inspired by the growing reputation there of the "Gibbon" works. On one occasion, amusingly, Mitchell collaborated with himself, on Nine Against the Unknown: A Record of Geographical Exploration (1934) as by both names. [JC]
see also: Origin of Man.
James Leslie Mitchell
born Auchterless, Aberdeenshire: 13 February 1901
died Welwyn Garden City, Hertfordshire: 7 February 1935
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