Entry updated 11 August 2018. Tagged: Author.
(1798-1842) Irish playwright and author, brother of the author Michael Banim (1796-1874), and the dominant partner in their influential collaborative novels about Ireland as by Abel and Barnes O'Hara. He is of Proto SF interest for Revelations of the Dead-Alive (1824; vt London and its Eccentricities in the Year 2023 1845) anonymous, a Satire of the cultural world of London couched as a Fantastic Voyage a hundred years hence to various societies whose distortions mirror his deprecatory sense of the English world. Before the tale ends, the Moon is described as a colony of Earth, and battles in space ensue. [JC]
born Kilkenny, Ireland: 3 April 1798
died Kilkenny, Ireland: 13 August 1842
works (highly selected)
- Revelations of the Dead-Alive (London: printed for W Simpkin and B Marshall, 1824) anonymous [binding unknown/]
- London and its Eccentricities in the Year 2023; Or, Revelations of the Dead Alive (London: Simpkin, Marshall and Company, 1845) anonymous [vt of the above: binding unknown/]
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