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Dake, Charles Romeyn

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(1849-1899) US homeopathic doctor, editor and author who began to publish work of genre interest with his first venture into fiction, "The Limits of Imagination" (December 1892 Homeopathic News); his only other short story, also fantastically themed, is "The Death and Regeneration of Gerald Deane" (May 1893 Homeopathic News). His competent Lost-Race novel, A Strange Discovery (1899), is a Sequel by Other Hands to Edgar Allan Poe's The Narrative of Arthur Gordon Pym of Nantucket (1838; vt Arthur Gordon Pym; or, Shipwreck, Mutiny and Famine 1841; vt The Wonderful Adventures of Arthur Gordon Pym 1861), and includes long discussions in dialogue of other works by Poe. Dake's continuation is not in itself remarkable: Pym and Dirk Peters discover a Roman colony on a hidden Island beyond the ice veil in the Antarctic; it is a kind of Utopia whose inhabitants have developed their mental powers, but who are tragically incompetent to exploit their Inventions. They are doomed.

Dake committed suicide with a revolver to cut short the pains of incurable cancer. [JC]

Charles Romeyn Dake [middle name has also appeared as Romyn]

born Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania: 21 December 1849

died Belleville, Illinois: 22 April 1899

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