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Johnson, Owen

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(1878-1952) US author in various genres, most of his work being Young Adult novels such as the Lawrenceville sequence, which focuses on school life; the best-known of these titles is The Varmint (1910). The protagonist of The Coming of the Amazons: A Satiristic Speculation on the Scientific Future of Civilization (1931) finds, on awakening in 2181 CE from Suspended Animation, that women rule and that a simple sex-role reversal between the sexes (see Gender) is enough to account for (to him) hugely humiliating changes in masculine behaviour. He resists this new world vigorously, but without much success. Unlike most stories from this era on this theme, the book treats women with some sympathy. [JC]

Owen McMahon Johnson

born New York: 27 August 1878

died Vineyard Haven, Massachusetts: 27 January 1952

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