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Morgan, Joseph

Entry updated 12 August 2018. Tagged: Author.

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(1671-circa 1742) US minister, entrepreneur and author in various modes. His The History of the Kingdom of Basaruah [for subtitle see Checklist] (1715; cut vt Brief History of the Country of Humanity [for subtitle see Checklist] 1728), as by A Traveller in Basaruah, stands as the first prose fiction written and published in what would become the USA. Though more important as an allegory than as an example of Proto SF, Basaruah does represent the narrative of an Imaginary Voyage to an extensively described Utopia far to the north of America, where some religious tolerance is practised. That such a text is America's first native fiction has a clear iconic significance. [JC]

Joseph Morgan

born New London, Connecticut: 6 November 1671

died circa 1742

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