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Erskine, Douglas

Entry updated 25 March 2019. Tagged: Author.

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Pseudonym of Scots-descended Canadian lawyer John Stuart Buchan (1852-1927). It has implausibly been suggested that Erskine was a pseudonym of John Buchan – perhaps because his son's full name was John Norman Stuart Buchan (1911-1996). Erskine's novel – A Bit of Atlantis (1900) – lacks any resemblance to Buchan's own work of the time; in this tale, a Scottish Canadian inventor, who descends from lost Atlanteans, is shipwrecked on a present-day Island, the site of Atlantis – a typical Lost World which soon sinks. [JC]

John Stuart Buchan

born Argenteuil, Québec: 28 October 1852

died Montreal, Québec: 10 February 1927

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