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Rathborne, St George

Entry updated 28 September 2022. Tagged: Author.

(1854-1938) US author, often of Dime Novels under many names, including Harrison Adams, Herbert Carter, Oliver Lee Clifton and Harry St George. Under the Gulf; or, The Strange Voyage of the Torpedo Boat (1889 chap), tells of treasure-hunting Under the Sea in the submarine Vampire, with some mild conflict; the influence of Jules Verne's Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea (1870 2vols; trans 1872) is palpable. The livelier sequel is Phil and His Torpedo Boat; Or, a Terrible Cruise under the Ocean (1890 chap) also as by Harry St George, in which young Phil and his comrades deliberately steer the Vampire into the Maelström, which drags them down and carries them at great speed Underground caverns full of reptilian Monsters; they debouch at the North Pole, which is clement, islanded and inhabited by a hostile Lost Race.

Rathborne then published under his own name A Goddess of Africa: A Story of the Golden Fleece (1897), whose multiple protagonists (after the Jules Verne model) search for a Lost World full of treasure (in the H Rider Haggard model). Inter alia, British colonial practices (see Imperialism) are praised. Bar Sinister: A Tale of Love and Adventure (1897) and An American Nabob: A Remarkable Romance of Love, Gold and Adventure (1902) are similar. In Buffalo Bill's Air Voyage; or, Fighting Redskins from a Balloon (23 September 1905 Buffalo Bill Stories; 1913 chap) as by The Author of "Buffalo Bill", the Invention of a powerful dirigible (see Airships; Balloons) allows Buffalo Bill and Wild Bill Hickock to tease Native Americans in various ways including destroying their game from the air. [JC/DRL]

see also: Frank V Webster.

St George Henry Rathborne

born Covington, Kentucky: 26 December 1854

died Newark, New Jersey: 16 December 1938



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