Syrett, Netta

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Working name of UK author Janet Syrett (1865-1943), whose fantasy tales, usually for younger children, are of little contemporary interest, a novel like The Castle of Four Towers (1909) for instance explaining its Timeslip structure as a dream [for fuller entry on Syrett see The Encyclopedia of Fantasy under links below]. In her earlier career, however, as the niece of Grant Allen and friend of Aubrey Beardsley (1872-1898), she wrote for The Yellow Book and was recognized (and reviled) for Feminist impulses. Two of her later tales are of some sf interest: both The House That Was (1933) and The Farm on the Downs (1936) make some use of the time theories of J W Dunne to buttress shifts in time and place, though within a fantasy frame; but neither novel is strong on argument. [JC]

Janet Syrett

born Landsgate, Kent: 17 March 1865

died London: 15 December 1943

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