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Fenn, George Manville

Entry updated 11 August 2018. Tagged: Author.

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(1831-1909) UK teacher, publisher, editor and author, of whose 170 or more novels and collections, mostly for the Young Adult market, some are of sf interest, including The Golden Magnet: A Tale of the Land of the Incas (1884), a Lost Race tale set in South America; The Man With a Shadow (1888 3vols), in which a Mad Scientist's attempts to generate a state of Suspended Animation results in the creation of a ghost (see Supernatural Creatures); and The Young Inventor (1892), an Inventions tale as close to the Edisonade as a British author was likely to create. Overall, however, Fenn was primarily interested in adventures set in the British Isles, whose regions are lovingly described, and in the sea-girt Empire – much of his fiction is naval – about which he was expansionist. [JC]

George Manville Fenn

born London: 3 January 1831

died Isleworth, Middlesex: 26 August 1909



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