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Stoutenburg, Adrien

Entry updated 12 August 2018. Tagged: Author.

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(1916-1982) US poet and author of books for children and the Young Adult audience, who also wrote as by Lace Kendall, with Barbara Ritchie as by Barbi Arden, and with Laura Nelson Baker as by Nelson Minier, her first of many tales being The Model Airplane Mystery (1943); though some of her work is fantasy, she published very little sf. Her one sf novel, the Young Adult Out There (1971), significantly anticipates many later novels, being set in an early twenty-first century Dystopian Near Future where a diminished population lives in Keeps insulated from the countryside, which has been devastated by Pollution. The cast of young protagonists, led by an older woman who remembers the real world, venture into the badlands, eventually finding signs of a living flora and fauna (see Ecology) in the Sierra Nevada; the novel ends without any assurance that, now that it has been discovered, the land will remain immune from the old exploitative cycle that had brought the planet to the edge of extinction. Stoutenburg wrote several nonfiction volumes about the extinction of animal species; Out There is eloquent and deeply felt. [JC]

Adrien Pearl Stoutenburg

born Darfur, Minnesota: 1 December 1916

died Santa Barbara, California: 14 April 1982

works (selected)

  • Rain Boat (New York: Coward-McCann, 1965) as by Lace Kendall [hb/]
  • Out There (New York: The Viking Press, 1971) [hb/Donald A MacKay]

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