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Kingsmill, Hugh

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Working name of UK author and anthologist Hugh Kingsmill Lunn (1889-1949), who spent part of World War One in a prison camp, and who remains best known for An Anthology of Invective and Abuse (anth 1929). The Dawn's Delay (coll 1924) contains "The End of the World", of interest for its vision of a solar system populated by various species (see End of the World), and "W.J.", about a Future War in 1966-1972. The Return of William Shakespeare (1929) presents within a sketchy sf frame the thoughts and activities of a Shakespeare reconstituted in the twentieth century (see Arts; Reincarnation); Kingsmill's rendering of Shakespeare is callow. In revised form both of these volumes were assembled as The Dawn's Delay (omni 1948). With Malcolm Muggeridge (1903-1990), he wrote two Satires rendering Near-Future doings in the form of newspaper stories: Brave Old World: A Mirror for The Times (1936) and 1938: A Pre-View of Next Year's News (1938). A much-loved figure, Kingsmill appears in novels and reminiscences of writers like William Gerhardi and Lance Sieveking. [JC]

see also: Sun.

Hugh Kingsmill Lunn

born London: 21 November 1889

died Brighton, East Sussex: 15 May 1949




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