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O'Reilly, John

Entry updated 12 September 2022. Tagged: Author.

(1906-1981) US journalist and war correspondent who wrote The Glob (18 February 1952 Life Magazine; exp 1952 chap), an explanation of the theory of Evolution and the Origin of Man, couched in fictional form for younger readers as the life-story of the eponymous creature who crawls out of the swamp and becomes, by stages, Homo sapiens. The earlier pages have some distant relationship to Prehistoric SF. Though perfectly competent, the fable is now primarily remembered for the many vivid illustrations by Walt Kelly [see The Encyclopedia of Fantasy under links below]. [JC]

John O'Reilly

born 13 September 1906

died Washington, District of Columbia: 31 October 1981


  • The Glob (New York: The Viking Press, 1952) [chap: short version first appeared 18 February 1952 Life Magazine: illus/hb/Walt Kelly]


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