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Longueville, Peter

Pseudonym of the unidentified author (?   -?   ) of The Hermit: Or, the ­Unparalled [sic] Sufferings and Surprising Adventures of Mr. Philip Quarll, an Englishman: Who was lately discovered by Mr. Dorrington a Bristol Merchant [for full title see Checklist below] (1727), a Satire on Daniel Defoe's The Life and Strange Surprizing Adventures of Robinson Crusoe, of York, Mariner (1719). Though he creates a mercantile ecology for himself (see Robinsonade), Quarll has been adopted by a monkey named Beaufidelle (see Apes as Human), and upon being discovered politely refuses to leave his Island.

It is implied that "Edward Dorrington" is the author; but this seems to misread the title and other matter as factual. There is some evidence that "Peter Longueville" may have actually existed, and have been the true author. It has also been suggested – implausibly, given the year of his death – that the novelist Alexander Bicknell (?   -1796) had something to do with the original text, and may have written it. [JC]

"Peter Longueville"




Entry from The Encyclopedia of Science Fiction (2011-current) edited by John Clute and David Langford.
Accessed 20:47 pm on 26 September 2022.