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Gray, John

Entry updated 12 September 2022. Tagged: Author.

(1866-1934) UK poet and translator of French Symbolist verse, best known as a member of London's decadent-aesthetic movement of the 1890s, when he was associated with Aubrey Beardsley (1872-1898), Ernest Dowson (1867-1900) and Oscar Wilde and is a possible candidate for the title character of Wilde's The Picture of Dorian Gray (July 1890 Lippincott's Monthly; exp 1891). In Gray's one gently humorous novel, Park: A Fantastic Story (1932), Catholic priest Father Mungo Park dreams of a Timeslip visit to a future Utopian Britain now colonized by Black African Catholics, while the descendants of the former white population are primitive degenerates living Underground, perhaps in echo of H G Wells's Morlocks. A similar racial reversal scenario (see Race in SF) features in Evelyn Waugh's short story "Out of Depth: An Experiment begun in Shaftesbury Avenue and Ended in Time" (December 1933 Harper's Bazaar). [DRL]

John Gray

born London: 2 March 1866

died Edinburgh, Scotland: 14 June 1934

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