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Pseudonym of US journalist, editor and author William Mill Butler (1857-1946); in his anti-Feminist Dystopia, Pantaletta: A Romance of Sheheland (1882) as by Mrs J Wood, the narrator, Icarus Byron Gullible (see Gulliver), having traveled to the North Pole in an Airship of his own Invention, discovers a Symmes-style Hollow Earth society governed by a female tyrant; men are forced to cross-dress and shave, and the Satire soon becomes heavy. Butler himself claimed to have subsequently changed his views. [JC]
William Mill Butler
born Rochester, New York: 21 June 1857
died 13 May 1946
- Pantaletta: A Romance of Sheheland (New York: American News Company, 1882) as by Mrs J Wood [pb/]
- The Mysterious Author, or Who Really Wrote "Pantaletta"?
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