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Winterfeld, Henry

Entry updated 20 November 2019. Tagged: Author.

(1901-1990) German author, in Austria then France from 1933 because of his Jewish birth, in USA from 1940, an American citizen from 1946; he also wrote as by Manfred Michael and as by Henry Gilbert. The German-language publications of his first novel, Timpetill – Die Stadt ohne Eltern ["Timpetill: City without Parents"] (1937; trans Kyrill Schabert as Trouble at Timpetill 1963) was as by Manfred Michael; the English translation appeared under his own name. In the tale, which is for children, the adults of the eponymous town, outraged at their children's insolence, all leave town, but are arrested by soldiers before they can return; in the microcosm created by their absence [for Polder see The Encyclopedia of Fantasy under links below], after defeating a fascist bully, the children create a new society. In Kommt ein Mädchen geflogen ["Fallen from the Sky"] (1956; trans Kyrill Schabert as Star Girl 1957), a girl from Venus falls out of her father's Spaceship, and is rescued by the children who discover her, against the disbelief of their parents. And in Telegramm aus Liliput ["Telegram from Lilliput"] (1957; trans Kyrill Schabert as Castaways in Lilliput 1958), three Australian children, trapped on a rubber raft, find themselves on Lilliput (see Gulliver), whose inhabitants (see Great and Small) prove hard to find. [JC]

Henry Winterfeld

born Hamburg, Germany: 9 April 1901

died Machias, Maine: 27 January 1990

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