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Wilcox, Henry S

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(1855-1924) US lawyer and author whose first novel was Flaws (1885; vt A Strange Flaw 1906) initially as By a Lawyer, in which a small fraud concatenates into a country-shaking scandal. He is of genre interest for his second novel, a Lost Race tale: The Great Boo-Boo: A Tale of Fun and Fancy, Replete with Love, Wit, Sentiment and Satire (1892), an early American example of pornographic sf, though Sex involving nudity and Torture makes up only part of a complicated Satirical narrative. The heart of the tale may be thought to be its description of the lost Dystopian Island of Monop, whose ruler King Monop has enslaved his people, who may open their mouths to speak only with his permission. [JC]

Henry S Wilcox

born Delhi, Iowa: 22 November 1855

died Chicago, Illinois: 18 May 1924

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