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Buckle, Richard

Entry updated 11 August 2018. Tagged: Author.

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(1916-2001) UK music critic who specialized in ballet, and author of a fantasticated Utopia, John Innocent at Oxford: A Fantasy (1939), which depicts a late-twentieth-century Oxford (and hence Britain) as though Max Beerbohm or Ronald Firbank had dreamed it – extravagant, witty, class-obsessed, boneless – all hilariously rendered. It may well be the last "irresponsible" pastoral utopia published before World War Two put an end to any such mild-mannered vision of Decadence; it would not be until the "Edwardian sf" of Michael Moorcock, which views this dream of Britain in nostalgic hindsight, that vestiges of the mode would reappear in the literatures of the fantastic. [JC]

Christopher Richard Sandford Buckle

born Warcop, Westmorland: 2 August 1916

died Salisbury, Wiltshire: 12 October 2001

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