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Lynn, Grey

Entry updated 29 October 2021. Tagged: Author.

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Pseudonym of an untraced author (?   -    ), though some circumstantial evidence points to a tentative identification. Grey Lynn, an inner-city district of Auckland, New Zealand, was the birthplace of Felix (Runcie) Kelly (1914-1994), an artist who moved in 1935 to the UK, where his work was espoused by Herbert Read, who commissioned him to illustrate the 1946 edition of his sf novel, The Green Child (1935), and who wrote an introduction for a volume of his paintings – Paintings by Felix Kelly (graph 1946). Earlier, Read had also introduced the sole printing of The Return of Karl Marx (1941) as by Grey Lynn; it is possible that Kelly took the place of his birth for a pseudonym, as he was serving in the RAF at the time and it was not normal practice to publish under one's own name while in uniform.

The Return of Karl Marx is an sf Satire featuring the Reincarnation of the philosopher from his grave by unexplained means in a kind of Sleeper Awakes scenario. After viewing the Decadent UK of 1940 (see New Zealander) and taking the opportunity to comment on World War Two and the future of the Soviet Union he returns, sadly, to his place of rest. [JC]

"Grey Lynn"




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