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McDermot, Murtagh

Entry updated 26 October 2021. Tagged: Author.

Pseudonym of an unidentified UK or Irish author (?   -?   ) whose satirical Moon-voyage novel, A Trip to the Moon (1727 chap) [for subtitle see Checklist], describes various remarkable sights and beings, initially in the Fantastic Voyage mode of Jonathan Swift, as "McDermot" takes ship to Tenerife before undergoing his abrupt transit into space; the book is dedicated to Captain Lemuel Gulliver. The necessary propulsion for the latter part of his journey is provided by gunpowder, a technique suggesting that the author had also read Cyrano de Bergerac. [JC]

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