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Davis, Ellis James

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(1850-1905) UK barrister who, mainly in the 1870s, was briefly active as an author. Pyrna: A Commune; Or, Under the Ice (1875) is a Lost World tale, set under a Swiss glacier; the Underground civilization there discovered occupies a geometrical City, where equality between the Sexes is observed. In Front of the World (1876 3vols), even more disquisitional than its wordy predecessor, follows the story of a messianic figure who – after discovering a helpful Telepathic race – proclaims the unity of all humans and composes a new Bible. Coralia; A Plaint of Futurity (1876) – which conveys its protagonist posthumously to the land of Coralia Under the Sea, and subsequently into space, past the Moon and Sun, until she reaches the further stars, which are a heavenly abode – combines sf and fantasy and occultism. Annie's Pantomime Dream (1877) is a Parody of Lewis Carroll's Alice in Wonderland (1865). [JC/EJ]

Ellis James Davis

born Marylebone, London: 1850

died Kensington, London: 4 February 1905



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