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Candler, Edmund

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(1874-1926) UK travel journalist, professor of English (in Darjeeling, India) and author, mostly on Indian subjects from a point of view unfriendly to Indian aspirations; during an 1888 expedition to Lhasa, Tibet, he lost a hand during a dispute, an experience incorporated into his The Unveiling of Lasa (1905). His sf novel, The Dinosaur's Egg (1925), makes explicit references to Don Quixote in its description of an obsessed explorer, who discovers Lost World creatures and artefacts in his bemused travels. The book is a signal that the Lost World story had reached its end, except for contrived sports. Several of the tales assembled in The Emergency Man and Other Tales of Youth and Discovery (coll 1926) are fantasy. [JC]

Edmund Candler

born Harleston, Norfolk: 27 January 1874

died Hendaye, Basses Pyrénées: 5 January 1926

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