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Gillmore, Inez Haynes

Entry updated 12 September 2022. Tagged: Author.

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(1873-1970) US author born in Brazil but raised from infancy in the US, whose sf novel, Angel Island (1914), conveys an almost surreal Feminist message with considerable competence – she had been an active feminist from before the end of the century. Six beautiful winged female humanoids, who have enjoyed total freedom in their Lost World at the heart of the eponymous Island, discover six shipwrecked men who (in the Robinsonade tradition) soon take over (see Imperialism); they clip the females' wings and breed with them, but are brought to their senses after announcing that the wings of female offspring will also be clipped. Despite the moderation of its ending, the tale gradually makes explicit an outrage at the caging of women, as well as an acute ambivalence about the seemingly willing submission of at least four of them to bondage. [JC]

Inez Haynes Gillmore Irwin

born Rio de Janeiro, Brazil: 2 March 1873

died Norwell, Massachusetts: 25 September 1970


  • Angel Island (New York: Henry Holt and Company, 1914) [hb/]


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