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Brock, Darryl

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(1940-    ) US teacher and author of the Samuel Clemens Fowler sequence of Time Travel tales comprising If I Never Get Back (1989) and Two in the Field (2002), whose protagonist travels back in time to 1869 and becomes engaged in the early days of professional Baseball, just at the verge of becoming the national sport. As the protagonist's name makes clear, elements of the series are inspired by Mark Twain's A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court (1889), and Twain himself appears in the text. Though the stories focus on the early days of baseball, Fowler's immersion in nineteenth-century America as a whole conveys some of the nostalgia for a world of plenitude that irradiates Jack Finney's Time and Again (1970). The second volume, somewhat diffusedly, leaves baseball behind as Fowler travels west in search of his lost love. [JC]

Darryl Brock

born 1940

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Samuel Clemens Fowler


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