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Knoblock, Edward

Entry updated 12 August 2018. Tagged: Author.

(1874-1945) US-born playwright and author born Knoblauch; in UK from 1897, changing his name to Knoblock in 1916 when he became a British citizen; during World War One he served in the intelligence service. Most of his plays were nonfantastic, including collaborations with other authors like Arnold Bennett and J B Priestley, though his most popular drama, Kismet: An "Arabian Night" in Three Acts (performed 19 April 1911 Garrick Theatre, London; 1911), is an Arabian Fantasy [see The Encyclopedia of Fantasy under links below]; it was filmed several times, beginning in 1914, and was adapted as a musical in 1953. He is of sf interest for his first novel, The Ant Heap (1929), whose Scientist Antihero protagonist attempts in the very Near Future to create a race of insect-like creatures to replace Homo sapiens. [JC]

Edward Gustav Knoblock

born New York: 7 April 1874

died London: 19 July 1945

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