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Dick, Kay

Entry updated 12 September 2022. Tagged: Author, Editor.

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Working name of UK editor and author Kathleen Elsie Dick (1915-2001). She edited The Windmill (1946-1948), a literary magazine, as by Edward Lane; and published three anthologies as by Jeremy Scott, the second of them, At Close of Eve: An Anthology of New Curious Stories (anth 1947), being an Original Anthology of some interest. A late work, They: A Sequence of Unease (fixup 1977 chap), resembles thematically and in its experimental structure much of her previous fiction, but is set in a Dystopian Near-Future England where freedom of travel is restricted and cultural activities are actively persecuted. Constructed as a set of closely interlinked stories that mirror one another through the eyes of an unnamed narrator, They describes an Entropic tyranny which sanctions a youth-culture whose yobbish behaviour saps creative values (and middle-class individualism); in relating these levels of meaning, Dick sets up a very moving, though abstract, model of humanistic response to a straitened future. The restrictions on expressive or creative behaviour in Howard Jacobson's J (2014) may reflect Dick's direct influence. Pierrot (1960) is a nonfiction study of its title theme [for Commedia dell'Arte see The Encyclopedia of Fantasy under links below]. [JC]

Kathleen Elsie Dick

born London: 29 July 1915

died Brighton, Sussex: 19 October 2001

works (selected)


  • Pierrot (London: Hutchinson, 1960) [nonfiction: hb/from Pablo Picasso]

works as editor


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