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Traill, H D

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(1842-1900) UK lawyer, journalist and author, of most interest for his Satires, early examples – like The Israelitish Question: And the Comments of the Canaan Journals Thereon (1876 chap) anonymous tending to spoof contemporary politics through elaborate parodies and anachronisms. The New Lucian: Being a Series of Dialogues of the Dead (coll of linked stories 1884) makes its satirical points through a sustained reworking of the work by Lucian. The long Near Future title story of the tales assembled in Number Twenty: Fables and Fantasies (coll 1892) is set in 1900 and contains speculations about the nature of Time, and "The Protectorate of Porcolongu" (November 1886 Macmillan's Magazine anon; in Number Twenty: Fables and Fantasies coll 1892) satirizes Fatland in Dystopian terms. The Barbarous Britishers: A Tip-Top Novel (1896 chap) is an effective but not unkind parody of Grant Allen's The British Barbarians: A Hill-Top Novel (1895); both titles were published by the same firm. [JC]

Henry Duff Traill

born London: 14 August 1842

died London: 21 February 1900

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