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Reid, T Mayne

Entry updated 12 August 2018. Tagged: Author.

(1818-1883) Irish-born UK author, in the US 1840-1849 and 1867-1870, setting several of his most successful novels there, including The Headless Horseman: A Strange Tale of Texas (March 1865-October 1866 Bentley's Magazine; 1866 2vols). One of the earliest examples of the Western – with Comanches on the warpath, shoot-outs, ambushes, brawls, lynchings, and a nearly invulnerable hero sporting a secret identity – Headless Horseman is also a ghost story, but though the past haunts the plot, and the venue is harshly mysterious, there is no Lost Race element. Reid's other novels of some interest – The White Chief: A Legend of North Mexico (1855 3vols) and Odd People: Being a Popular Description of Singular Races of Man (1860) – are Lost Race tales involving the survival of Native American civilizations. The Desert Home (1852) is a nonfantastic Robinsonade in which the desert serves for ocean. [JC]

Captain Thomas Mayne Reid

born Ballyroney, County Down, Ireland: 4 April 1818

died London: 22 October 1883



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