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Lanza, Clara

Entry updated 27 April 2020. Tagged: Author.

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(1859-1939) US author, a marquise by marriage into the Italian nobility in 1878, whose Mr Perkins' Daughter (1881) flirts with Amnesia on the skirts of the fantastic; her sf novel, Scarabaeus: The Story of an African Beetle (1892) with James Clarence Harvey (1865-1945), features a camera capable of photographing the past (see Time Viewer), a scene in which retinal images identify a murderer (a commonplace of speculative forensics at this time; see Scientific Errors), while carrying its cast to Africa where the eponymous gem, and other ruins from a Lost World, are discovered. [JC]

Marquise Clara Hammond Lanza

born Fort Riley, Kansas: 1859

died 1939

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