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Helps, Arthur

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(1813-1875) UK civil servant, in close proximity to the monarchy after 1869, and author; he is best known for Friends in Council (coll 1847 and 1849; later series 1859), dramatized discourses which may have been influenced by the example of the much sharper Walter Savage Landor (1775-1864), and which are translated into more clearly fictional Club Story form in Realmah (1868 2vols) as by The Author of "Friends in Council", which features a Lost Race tale set in the ancient empire of Sheviri in Southern Europe. Sheviri is a Utopia, and serves as a frame for much discussion, with some of the interpolated narratives telling of Fantastic Voyages. Helps was knighted in 1872. [JC]

Sir Arthur Helps

born Balham Hill, Surrey: 10 July 1813

died Marylebone, Middlesex: 7 March 1875


  • Realmah (London: Macmillan and Co, 1868) as by The Author of "Friends in Council" [published in two volumes: hb/nonpictorial]


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