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Chamberlin, Joseph Edgar

Entry updated 28 July 2021. Tagged: Author.

(1851-1935) US editor, journalist and author, much of his newspaper work published as by the Listener. He is of sf interest for The Ifs of History (coll 1907), a series of lightly fictionalized essays in Alternate History, each essay positing a Jonbar Point and tracing its implications. Essays include "If Charles II Had Accepted the Kingship of Virginia" and had returned to his British throne with a better sense of how to keep America within the Empire; "If Lafayette Had Held the French Reign of Terror in Check" by accepting the Presidency in 1792; and "If Abraham Lincoln's Father Had Moved Southward, not Northward", opening the possibility that Lincoln might have become president of the Confederacy. [JC]

Joseph Edgar Chamberlin

born West Newbury, Massachusetts: 6 August 1851

died South Hanson, Massachusetts: 6 July 1935

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