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McHugh, Vincent

Entry updated 12 September 2022. Tagged: Author.

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(1904-1983) US poet, journalist and author whose comic saga Caleb Catlum's America (1936) [for subtitle see Checklist] is about a family of immortals (see Immortality) who amusingly represent the high points of US history in the flesh (the family includes Abe Lincoln and Davy Crockett); elements of a Secret History of the World are undercut by Tall Tale elements [for Fantasies of History and Tall Tale see The Encyclopedia of Fantasy under links below]; the frame story in particular, featuring Caleb himself – who leads others through a mountain portal to safety and eventually returns to save America – influenced Robert A Heinlein, one of whose pseudonyms was Caleb Saunders. I Am Thinking of My Darling: An Adventure Story (1943), in which an inhibition-releasing epidemic hits New York, cuts surprisingly deep in its superficially comic (but in fact argued) examination of the consequences, in particular a seeping away of hatred between the sexes (see Sex); panicked, the government soon intervenes. This novel was filmed as What's So Bad about Feeling Good? (1968). [JC]

see also: Psychology.

Vincent McHugh

born Providence, Rhode Island: 23 December 1904

died Sacramento, California: 23 January 1983



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