Entry updated 12 August 2018. Tagged: Author.
(1872-1944) US clergyman and enormously popular author whose only sf novel, The Devil's Highway (1932) with John Lebar, pseudonym of his son Gilbert Munger Wright (1901-1966), features a Mad Scientist and his culpable Scientist colleagues, whose Invention, a thought-control device operating with the help of a Power Source called "ethericity", suppresses the better instincts of its victims; they are then inclined, out of bitterness, to further his plot to eliminate Homo sapiens (his motive being that he is a dwarf who had been maltreated as a child). The earlier The Uncrowned King (1910) is an allegory laced with unction. [JC]
Harold Bell Wright
born Rome, New York: 4 May 1872
died La Jolla, California: 24 May 1944
- The Uncrowned King (Chicago, Illinois: Book Supply Company, 1910) [illus/John Rea Neill: hb/nonpictorial]
- The Devil's Highway (New York: D Appleton, 1932) with John Lebar [hb/]
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