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Spofford, Harriet Prescott

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(1835-1921) US author, much of whose work was Fantasy or Supernatural Fiction [see The Encyclopedia of Fantasy under links below], beginning with her first novel, Sir Rohan's Ghost: A Romance (1860) anonymous. Several tales of interest are assembled as "The Amber Beads" and Other Stories (coll 1989), its title story – "The Amber Beads" (January-February 1860 Atlantic Monthly), which is her first publication – taking the form of an exceedingly intense interior monologue on the part of a She character. The more ample The Moonstone Mass and Others (coll 2000) includes "The Ray of Penetration" (1903 Westminster Magazine), with the Matter Penetration Ray of the title capable, by shifting a person out of synch in Time and space, of conferring Invisibility upon him. [JC]

Harriet Elizabeth Prescott Spofford

born Calais, Maine: 3 April 1835

died Amesbury, Massachusetts: 14 August 1921

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