Encyclopedia of Fantasy (1997)
Brophy, Brigid

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(1929-1995) UK writer and critic whose first novel, Hackenfeller's Ape (1953), savages any exculpatory implications of the fantastic in its treatment of an intelligent but doomed chimpanzee (see Apes). The Adventures of God in His Search for the Black Girl (coll 1973) contains some surreal tales (see Surrealism); the title story neatly reverses the thrust of George Bernard Shaw's The Adventures of the Black Girl in Her Search for God (1932 chap). The land of Evarchia, where the nonfantasy Palace Without Chairs: A Baroque Novel (1978) takes place, is a Ruritania. [JC]

Brigid Antonia Brophy


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