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Brockway, Fenner

Entry updated 12 September 2022. Tagged: Author.

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(1888-1988) UK author long active in socialist politics, long respected for his humane personality. He was imprisoned for his opposition to World War One; served as a member of the British Parliament 1929-1931 and 1950-1964; and was made a life peer in 1964. In his sf novel, Purple Plague: A Tale of Love and Revolution (1935), a liner is quarantined at sea for a decade because of a mysterious plague; a Ship of Fools culture develops; a brave Scientist finds a cure for the deadly virus at the cost of his life (see Medicine); egalitarian reversals of the status quo ensue. Displeased with this tale, Brockway much later rewrote it, in the form of a Television play, as Red Liner: A Novel in TV Form (1962). [JC]

Archibald Fenner Brockway, Lord Brockway

born Calcutta, India: 1 November 1888

died Watford, Hertfordshire: 28 April 1988



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