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Jarrett, David

Entry updated 6 October 2021. Tagged: Author.

(1943-2010) Welsh author, mostly on the history and theory of gardening, though The Gothic Form in Fiction and Its Relation to History (1980) includes sharp studies of various authors, among them Franz Kafka (see Gothic SF). He is of sf interest for Withering (1979), which begins as a Twice-Told rendering of the legend of the Seventh Swan [for Twice-Told see The Encyclopedia of Fantasy under links below], but segues into a Godgame tale played by off-planet magisters, with the protagonist's world serving as an arena for various agons. The tone of the tale is at points evocative of Philip José Farmer. [JC]

David William Jarrett

born Llantarnam, Monmouth: 1 March 1943

died Porlock, Somerset: 26 August 2010

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