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Prentice, Harry

Entry updated 12 August 2018. Tagged: Author.

(?   -?   ) US author, possibly a pseudonym of James Otis Kaler; The King of Apeland: The Wonderful Adventures of a Young Animal Trainer (1888; vt The Boy Explorers: Or, How Philip Garland Became King of Apeland 1892) is effectively an unacknowledged translation of Leon Gozlan's Les Émotions de Polydore Marasquin; ou, Trois mois parmi les singes (1856 Journal Pour Tous; 1857; trans anon as title story of The Man Among the Monkeys; Or, Ninety Days in Apeland, anth 1873) [for 1887 and 1888 UK translations see his entry]. Any discourse with the theory of Evolution that may have inspired Gozlan or his translators has been lost; the Apes as Human undertext is vulgarized. The Boy Explorers: The Adventures of Two Boys in Alaska (1895) is a Lost Race tale. [JC]

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