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Herrick, Robert

Entry updated 12 September 2022. Tagged: Author.

(1868-1938) US academic, diplomat and author best known for The Master of the Inn (1908), whose eponymous hero cures the mentally ill by making them work hard while contemplating the purposelessness of life as our governors and religionists would have it. His one sf novel, Sometime (1933), set mostly in Africa 1000 years hence, describes en passant the visit of some Africans to a post-ice-age North America (see Ruins and Futurity), where the races have finally bred together successfully in accordance with an enlightened form of Eugenics, sexual prudishness has been cast off at last, and the Cities have been abandoned. Rather unusually for an author born as early as 1868, Herrick clearly approves these changes. [JC]

Robert Welch Herrick

born Cambridge, Massachusetts: 21 April 1868

died St Thomas, Virgin Islands: December 1938


  • Sometime (New York: Farrar and Rinehart, 1933) [hb/nonpictorial]


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