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Cox, A B

Entry updated 11 August 2018. Tagged: Author.

(1893-1971) UK author, best known for detective stories as by Anthony Berkeley and as by Francis Iles; he also wrote some fantasies and at least two sf works: The Professor on Paws (1926), in which a man's brain is transplanted into the family cat (see Identity Transfer), but – in an odd prefiguration of Daniel Keyes's Flowers for Algernon (April 1959 F&SF; exp 1966) – gradually finds his human intellect fading into the cunning stupor of his feline host; and The Merchant Prince; or, the Pioneers of Aristocracy (1928 chap) with music by J J Sterling Hill, a play set in a village 40 years in the future. Neither of these works is of the quality of his detective novels. [JC]

Anthony Berkeley Cox

born Watford, Hertfordshire: 5 July 1893

died London: 9 March 1971


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