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Davey, Norman

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(1888-1949) UK engineer and author, in active service throughout World War One, whose Perhaps: A Tale of To-morrow (1914; rev vt Yesterday: A Tory Fairy-Tale 1924) wittily (but also frivolously) describes the Near-Future secession of the Isle of Wight. Although copies of the original version of Perhaps exist, there is no clear evidence that it was officially published; this omission was almost certainly because of the start of war. Yesterday presents essentially the same story as fantasy. Davey's other genre works are fantasies, the best known of these being the Matthew Sumner books: The Pilgrim of a Smile (1921) and The Penultimate Adventure (1924 chap), both assembled as The Pilgrim of a Smile (omni 1933), and Judgment Day (1928), reminiscent of T F Powys [see The Encyclopedia of Fantasy under links below] in its depiction of a small English town confronted by a quasi-Biblical Day of Judgment. [JC]

Henry Norman Davey

born Malden, Surrey: 5 May 1888

died Diano Marina, Italy: 6 June 1949

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