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(1914-1988) US editor and author who, as an editor (1938-1943) at Farrar and Rinehart, helped Austin Tappan Wright's daughter, Sylvia Wright, edit the massive manuscript of Islandia, which his firm published in 1942. Saxton worked as an editor for the rest of his career. As an author, he produced some detective fiction, beginning with Danger Road (1939), though his sf was confined to the Islandia world, for which he wrote three Sequels by Other Hands in continuation of Wright's original: The Islar: A Narrative of Lang III (1969), narrated by the grandson of Wright's John Lang, The Two Kingdoms: A Novel of Islandia (1979) and Havoc in Islandia (1982). The Utopian glow of the original did not survive unaltered, as it was clearly felt further volumes required more extensive novelist plotting; but Saxton's work was both competent and devoted. [JC]
born Mineola, New York: 24 November 1914
died New York: 7 January 1988
- The Islar: A Narrative of Lang III (Boston, Massachusetts: Houghton Mifflin, 1969) [Islandia: hb/Samuel Bryant]
- The Two Kingdoms: A Novel of Islandia (Boston, Massachusetts: Houghton Mifflin, 1979) [Islandia: hb/David Rose]
- Havoc in Islandia (Boston, Massachusetts: Houghton Mifflin, 1982) [Islandia: hb/]
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