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Whiting, Sydney

Entry updated 12 September 2022. Tagged: Author.

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(1820/1821-1875) UK barrister, poet and author whose Memoirs of a Stomach: Written by Himself, That All Who Eat May Read (1853; rev 1853; further rev 1855) as by "The Minister of the Interior", though seemingly spoofish, articulates issues of the relationship between imperial mind and digestive body in mid-nineteenth-century terms. Of more sf interest is Heliondé; Or, Adventures in the Sun (1854; rev 1855), whose protagonist, conveniently vaporized by in the summer heat, ventures on a Fantastic Voyage to the surface and interior of the Sun, which is cool enough to live on, and is inhabited by a race so refined and sublimated that the Utopia its inhabitants have built seems paradisal; sadly, he is forced to return to Earth. [JC]

Sydney Whiting

born Taunton, Somerset: 1820/1821

died London: 1875



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