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Marlow, Louis

Entry updated 12 August 2018. Tagged: Author.

Pseudonym of UK lecturer in English studies and author Louis Umfreville Wilkinson (1881-1966), active from 1903 or earlier, who also wrote novels under his real name. Of sf interest is The Devil in Crystal (1944) which, in Marlow's typically pert, dandiacal, somewhat overeager manner, describes the effects of a sort of self-possession. The protagonist finds himself Timeslipped twenty years into his own past, where he relives his life (see Identity Transfer) while being all the while conscious of his observer status and of his almost total inability to alter reality. [JC]

Louis Umfreville Wilkinson

born Biddeston, Suffolk: 17 December 1881

died Westcote Barton, Oxfordshire: 12 September 1966

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