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Quick, Herbert

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(1861-1925) US lawyer, controversialist and author, best known for regional tales set in Iowa like Vandemark's Folly (1921). In the Fairyland of America: A Tale of the Pukwudjies (1901) is a fable for children based on Native-American sources. After hypnosis, the protagonist of Double Trouble; or, Every Hero His Own Villain (1906) is haunted by his Doppelganger, who occupies his body and does evil. Virginia of the Air Lanes (April-October 1909 Cosmopolitan; 1909) is a Near Future romance, in which the Invention of various forms of air Transportation – including an advanced Airship (known as an aeronef), Balloons and helicopters – is impelled by new Power Sources. The villain, whose mountain Keep can only reached by air, is duly trapped and defeated. The essays assembled in On Board the Good Ship Earth: A Study of World Problems (coll 1913) advocate a sane use of natural resources (see Ecology), or we are doomed; patriotism and war fever are deprecated. [JC]

John Herbert Quick

born Steamboat Rock, Iowa: 23 October 1861

died Columbia, Missouri: 10 May 1925




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