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Miller, Leo E

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(1887-1952) US explorer and author, his nonfiction tending to focus on his travels in South America, and of the Hidden People sequence of Lost Race tales for boys, comprising The Hidden People: The Story of a Search for Incan Treasure (1920), In the Tiger's Lair (1921) and (less interestingly) The Jungle Pirates (1925). Miller's realistic handling of geography and the natural sciences makes more embarrassing his auctorial approval of the series' protagonists, goldhunter adolescents who, on stumbling across an Incan Lost World, attempt to ransack it for anything of value. At the end of the first volume, they escape through another valley, which is full of prehistoric fauna, with some loot; the second volume sees them return after World War One in an aeroplane, machine-gun some sabretooth tigers, and establish democracy in the Incan homeland – an act which causes the Indians, prostrate with gratitude, to give them tons of jewels. [JC]

Leo Edward Miller

born Vimtingburg, Indiana: 11 May 1887

died New Haven, Connecticut: 6 October 1952

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