(1849-1913) US journalist and author, whose Lost Worlds novel, The Aztec Treasure House: A Romance of Contemporaneous Antiquity (1890), didactically describes a surviving remnant of the Aztec empire. In The Women's Conquest of New York [for subtitle see Checklist] (dated 1953 but 1894 chap) as by A Member of the Committee of Safety of 1908, Tammany Hall misguidedly enfranchises females, who run amok in New York until physically restrained (the mayoress is in fact beaten) by their aroused spouses. In the Sargasso Sea (1898) is a Robinsonade in which a shipwrecked sailor survives aboard his disabled vessel in a maze of seaweed, finds a treasure trove, and escapes; this novel offers one of the first representations of the Sargasso Sea as a vast legend-dense dangerous shipwreck-littered Island inhabited by Lost Races and pirates and Monsters and the like. In Great Waters: Four Stories (coll 1901) contains fantasies, as does – disguised as nonfiction – several of the tales assembled in Legends of the City of Mexico (coll 1910). [JC]
see also: Anthropology.
Thomas Allibone Janvier
born Philadelphia, Pennsylvania: 16 July 1849
died New York: 18 June 1913
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