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Berthoud, S Henry

Entry updated 12 September 2022. Tagged: Author.

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(1804-1891) French editor, amateur academic and author, active from the early 1820s, who gave his first name as Henry for literary work; his first significant book, Contes misanthropiques ["Misanthropic Tales"] (coll 1831), assembles very early examples of the conte cruel, along with various supernatural fictions, sometimes evocative of the work of E T A Hoffmann. Along with examples of this material, stories of some sf interest are assembled as Martyrs of Science; And Other Victims of Devilry and Destiny (coll trans Brian Stableford 2013), Stableford's main title representing one of Berthoud's internal divisions of his work into significant categories. The volume's thirty-two stories include examples of Prehistoric SF and Future History (set in prehistoric Paris and in the Paris of the year 2865 CE), along with sympathetic portrayals of science and scientists. A selection from Berthoud's second main collection, Chroniques et traditions surnaturelles de la Flandre [sic] ["Chronicles and Supernatural Traditions of Flandres"] (coll 1831) has been assembled as The Angel Asrael and Other Legendary Tales (coll trans Brian Stableford 2017); the selections are restricted to supernatural fictions from the expansive original and its revisions [not listed below]. Berthoud's editorship of the important French journal Musée des familles from 1834 to 1842 preceded Jules Verne's significant contributions to this publication. [JC]

Samuel-Henri Berthoud

born Cambrai, Hauts-de-France, France: 19 January 1804

died Paris: 26 March 1891

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