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Andom, R

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Pseudonym of UK author Alfred Walter Barrett (1869-?   ), who remains best known for We Three and Troddles: A Tale of London Life (1894), to which he wrote numerous sequels, one of which, In Fear of a Throne (1911), is a Ruritanian fantasy; and for other light fiction in the mode of popular figures like Jerome K Jerome. His sf and fantasy were similarly derivative; titles of interest include The Strange Adventure of Roger Wilkins and Other Stories (coll 1895), The Identity Exchange: A Story of Some Odd Transformations (1902; vt The Marvellous Adventures of Me 1904), The Enchanted Ship: A Story of Mystery with a Lot of Imagination (1908) and The Magic Bowl, and the Blue-Stone Ring: Oriental Tales with Occi(or Acci)dental Fittings (coll 1909), all exhibiting an uneasy fin de siècle flippancy characteristic of F Anstey but with less weight. [JC]

Alfred Walter Barrett

born Lambeth, London: 1869

died uncertain; alive in June 1921 when he was jailed for two years for conspiring to corrupt public morals [see links below]



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