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Benson, Ann

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Working name of US bead artist and author Annalise E Benson Glassman (1949-    ), whose Plague Tales sequence beginning with The Plague Tales (1997) conflates two disasters, the fourteenth-century Black Death and a twenty-first century Pandemic in the form of a new assault of bubonic plague. In this first volume, the physician protagonist of the medieval narrative dies in England; in modern times, a medical archaeologist, also in England, unearths an artefact infected with deadly bacteria. The Burning Road (1999) inconclusively continues the double narrative, complicating it; set slightly later, The Physician's Tale (2006) depicts a modern world moving into Post-Holocaust travails, while the medieval physician, also entangled in family dilemmas, seeks the aid of Geoffrey Chaucer (circa 1340-1400). A singleton, Thief of Souls (2002), repeats the basic time-doubling, in this case interpositioning the savage life of Gilles de Rais (1405-1440) with a series of disappearances of Children in twenty-first century Los Angeles (see California). [JC]

Annalise E Benson Glassman

born 1949

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Plague Tales

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