Encyclopedia of Fantasy (1997)
Baring, Maurice

(1874-1945) UK diplomat and writer who became an expert on Russia and its literature. His first writings were poetry and a play, The Black Prince (1902); his short fiction began to appear in The Morning Post while he was its foreign correspondent. His stories, often enigmatic, show a predilection for disassociation of mind – as in his best tales: "The Shadow of a Midnight" (1908), about precognition (see Talents), and "Venus" (1909), featuring astral projection (see Astral Body) to the eponymous planet. MB's stories were collected in Orpheus in Mayfair (coll 1909), whose title story is a tale of translated Myth, a theme MB further explored in The Glass-Mender (coll 1910). A revised selection of MB's stories was assembled as Half-a-Minute's Silence (coll 1925). Vernon Lee's collection For Maurice (coll 1927) is dedicated to MB. [MA]

Maurice Baring


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