Encyclopedia of Fantasy (1997)
Burdekin, Katherine

(1896-1963) UK writer who published her first novels – in the 1920s – under her own name, but who became better known in the 1930s as Murray Constantine. Swastika Night (1937), as by Constantine, remains her most famous single work; it is a Hitler Wins tale, almost certainly the first written, and is a vigorously feminist sf analysis of fascism. KB's first novel of fantasy interest, The Burning Ring (1927), intricately presents a young man's Rite of Passage into full manhood in the form of a tripartite Night Journey; through use of a magic Ring he finds himself able to engage in Time Travel, and has maturing experiences in three different epochs. The Children's Country (1929 US) as by Kay Burdekin is a Children's Fantasy set in a land free of Gender distortions. The Devil, Poor Devil! (1934), as by Constantine, is a Supernatural Fiction in which the Devil fatally experiences the Thinning of belief in his reality. The Rebel Passion (1929), Proud Man (1934) as by Constantine and The End of This Day's Business (1990) are all sf. [JC]

Katherine Penelope Burdekin


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