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Cournos, John

Entry updated 26 September 2022. Tagged: Author, Editor.

(1881-1966) Working name, seemingly legalized, of Russian-born translator, anthologist, poet and author Igor Grigorievich Korshun, which Cournos preferred to render as Johann Gregorevich Korshun to accord more closely to his Ukrainian background; in US or UK from around 1891, in US from 1931. He is of some sf interest for London Under the Bolsheviks: A Londoner's Dream on Returning from Petrograd (1919 chap), which describes an impoverished Near Future London under Bolshevik tyranny, with H G Wells in jail; a counter-revolution, headed by General Douglas Haig (1861-1928), ends in disaster. The New Candide (1924), a Satire, is explicitly and very closely modelled on Voltaire's Candide (1759).

Cournos's Anthologies included a high proportion of fantasy, with some sf [for titles see Checklist below]. [JC]

Johann Gregorevich Korshun

born Kiev [now Kyiv], Russian Empire [now Ukraine]: 6 March 1881

died New York: 27 August 1966

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works as editor


Best British Short Stories

individual titles as editor


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