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(1826-? ) US author of two Lost Race tales. The Lost Colony (1891), set during the American Civil War, is of limited interest as a lost race tale, the previously undiscovered Island in the Atlantic Ocean being inhabited by shipwrecked Puritans, though the agrarian Utopia they have created is well described. Though not coherently assembled, The Old Mountain Hermit (fixup 1904) interestingly describes the discovery of a fossilized bodies in India, along with a tablet which when translated turns out to be a narrative of life in Eden; the eponymous hermit, whose name is Cain and who possesses seemingly occult powers, prevents the removal of the bodies; the protagonist, advanced 500 years by Time Travel, awakens in the marvel-filled world of Genevra, discovering en passant that the hermit was an Alien who, during his long residence on Earth, seems to have acted as a Secret Master of the human race. [JC]
James F Raymond
- The Lost Colony (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania: T B Peterson and Company, 1891) [hb/]
- The Old Mountain Hermit (New York: Broadway Publishing Company, 1904) [hb/]
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