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Balsdon, Dacre

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(1901-1977) UK historian and author; Fellow of Exeter College, Oxford 1927-1969, whose sf novels are humorous Satires on contemporary mores, little allowance being made for technological, social or behavioural change. The most imaginative, Sell England? (1936), is a Dystopia set 1000 years hence in which the UK is inhabited solely by a decadent aristocracy, while the other echelons of society live in Africa under a totalitarian dictatorship. His two educational satires, Have a New Master (1935) and The Day They Burned Miss Termag (in Oxford Life, coll 1957, ed anon, as "Mr Botteaux's Story"; exp 1961), are set, respectively, in a school 30 years hence and in an Oxford of the immediate future. Their humour is intramural, and they have had little influence. [JE]

John Percy Vyvian Dacre Balson

born Bideford, Devon: 4 November 1901

died Oxford, Oxfordshire: 18 September 1977

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