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Berthet, Élie

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(1815-1891) French author, who specialized over his prolific career mostly in tales of criminal life set in Paris, publishing more than 100 novels over his long career; he is perhaps best known in English translation for L'homme des bois (1861; trans anon as The Wild Man of the Woods: A Story of the Island of Sumatra 1868), the family of whose human protagonist is threatened by the eponymous advanced orang-utan (see Apes as Human); it is a text which may have been one of the influences on Edgar Rice Burroughs's creation of Tarzan. Out of his huge oeuvre, titles like Les Catacombes de Paris ["The Catacombs of Paris"] (1854) or Les Crimes du Sorcier ["The Crimes of the Wizard"] (1880) also published several works involving significant episodes of Prehistoric SF including "Romans préhistoriques: le monde inconnu" (first appeared 1876 Dentu; part trans Mary J Safford as The Pre-Historic World 1879; rev vt Paris avant l'histoire: Romans préhistoriques coll 1885) [for details see Checklist below]. [JC]

Élie Bertrand Berthet

born Limoges, France: 8 June 1815

died Paris: 3 February 1891

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