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Dehn, Paul

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(1912-1976) UK author of film reviews, verse, essays, plays and screenplays. His book Quake, Quake, Quake: A Leaden Treasury of English Verse (coll 1961) is a sequence of Parody verses, darkly illustrated by Edward Gorey, whose treatment of the nuclear age and the possibility of Holocaust is full of gallows humour, as in an often-quoted quatrain:

O nuclear wind, when wilt thou blow
That the small rain down can rain?
Christ, that my love were in my arms
And I had my arms again.

Dehn was the screenwriter for Goldfinger (1964) (as co-author), Beneath the Planet of the Apes, Escape from the Planet of the Apes and Conquest of the Planet of the Apes, and he wrote the initial storyline of Battle for the Planet of the Apes. [DRL]

Paul Edward Dehn

born Manchester, England: 5 November 1912

died London: 30 September 1976

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