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Trevelyan, G E

Entry updated 2 February 2021. Tagged: Author.

(1903-1941) UK author, from a family related to the political/literary Trevelyan dynasty. She won a Newdigate Prize for her first publication, the nonfantastic Julia: Daughter of Claudius (1927 chap), a narrative poem; she was the first woman to win this prize. Of her novels, Appius and Virginia (1932) is an Apes as Human tale whose protagonist, the solitary Virginia Hutton, adopts an orangutan in infancy, naming him Appius; her attempts to raise him as a human able to read and talk have complex consequences. Two Thousand Million Man-Power (1937) is an essentially nonfantastic Satire on the modern world, though J W Dunne's time theories are invoked; Trance by Appointment (1939) is fantasy. One of relatively few authors of sf interest to be killed in World War Two, Trevelyan died after injuries received in a London air raid. [JC]

Gertrude Eileen Trevelyan

born Bath, Somerset: 17 September 1903

died Bath, Somerset: 11 February 1941

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