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Richards, Harvey D

Entry updated 12 September 2022. Tagged: Author.

Pseudonym of US military pilot and author Noël E Sainsbury Jr (1884-1956) for his Sorak sequence, beginning with Sorak of the Malay Jungle [for all subtitles see Checklist] (1934), and clearly intended to exploit the popularity of Tarzan. Sorak himself, and his animal companion (in this case, a tiger), are inherently as borderline-sf in their conception as Tarzan himself; but they venture (as does Tarzan) into sf territory, discovering a Lost Race inhabited by giants in Sorak and the Sultan's Ankus (1934), and in Sorak and the Tree Men (1936) encounter a tribe of Cro-Magnons that wish them ill. Under various other names, Sainsbury wrote some aviation books for boys, including the Bill Bolton Navy Aviator Series, and under various names was a moderately prolific but nonfantastic contributor to various Stratemeyer Syndicate series. [JC]

Noël Everingham Sainsbury Jr

born New York: 11 June 1884

died Palm Beach, Florida: December 1956





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