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Croft, Herbert

Entry updated 24 June 2020. Tagged: Author.

(1751-1816) UK barrister, lexicographer and author, best known for a nonfantastic roman à clef, Love and Madness (1780). He is of sf interest for the Kilkhampton series of Satirical sketches beginning with The Abbey of Kilkhampton; Or, Monumental Records for the Year 1980 (1780) [for further details see Checklist below]. Not specifically tied to this sequence, The Wreck of Westminster Abbey, Alias the Year 2000 (1788 chap) [for subtitle see Checklist below] continues in the same vein. These volumes are all published with various assertions of anonymity, as common in the eighteenth century; but the author's identity does not seem to have been assiduously concealed. The sketches of his contemporaries, inspired by (entirely imagined) tombstone inscriptions from the perspective of a century later, make only moderate use of the Near-Future angle of vision so gained, nor does The Wreck of Westminster Abbey portray the destruction of London. Croft's association late in his life with Charles Nodier did not produce work yet identified as being of interest. [JC]

see also: Ruins and Futurity.

Sir Herbert Croft

born Dunster Park, Berkshire: 1 November 1751

died Paris: 26 April 1816

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