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Smith, William Wye

Entry updated 12 August 2018. Tagged: Author.

(1827-1917) UK-born minister, teacher, journalist, poet and author, in Canada from the age of ten, active as a poet from 1850. He is of sf interest for Vetulia: or, Going to the Bottom of Things (first version August 1875 New Dominion Monthly as "First Visit to Vetulia"; full text 1880 Advertiser: rev 1891), a Utopia whose social structure is shaped around the Immortality of its inhabitants. The long publishing history of the text seems to essentially to preclude the influence of Edward Bellamy's Looking Backward (1888). [JC]

William Wye Smith

born Jedburgh, Scotland: 18 March 1827

died Burford, Ontario: 6 January 1917

works (highly selected)

  • Vetulia: or, Going to the Bottom of Things (Toronto, Ontario: Dudley and Burns, 1891) [first version appeared August 1875 as "First Visit to Vetulia": New Dominion Monthly: further instalments published: first version of entire text 1880 Advertiser: hb/]


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