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Kellogg, Vernon

Entry updated 9 October 2020. Tagged: Author.

(1867-1937) US entomologist, biologist and author; initially a pacifist in World War One, he recorded that his shock at the brutal implications of the Social Darwinism promulgated by senior German officers he met forced a change of mind, as he recorded in Headquarters Nights [for subtitle see Checklist below] (1917) (see also Eugenics). These encounters may have inspired Nuova; Or, the New Bee: A Story for Children of Five to Fifty (1920), in which Utopian topoi commingle with Beast Fable [see The Encyclopedia of Fantasy under links below] in the depiction of a fantastic world inhabited by anthropomorphized bees, who are described with some entomological sophistication. The life-story of the rebellious Nuova herself, who creates a society governed by a benign and forgiving communitarianism, is touching. [JC]

Vernon Lyman Kellogg

born Emporia, Kansas: 1 December 1867

died Hartford, Connecticut: 8 August 1937

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