Encyclopedia of Fantasy (1997)
Burgess, Gelett

(1866-1951) US writer who created various noteworthy neologisms, the most famous being "bromide" and "blurb". The White Cat (1907), in which an evil doctor hypnotizes (> Mesmerism) a female patient and evokes her evil alter ego or Doppelgänger, owes much to Robert Louis Stevenson, as does Lady Mechante, or Life as it Should be: Being Divers Precious Episodes in the Life of a Naughty Nonpareille: A Farce in Filigree (1909), whose spoof episodes reflect the influence of Stevenson's New Arabian Nights (coll 1882), but which do not extend beyond hoax. He was noted for several humorous Ghost Stories, especially "The Ghost-Extinguisher" (1905), where science finds a way to petrify ghosts. [JC]

Frank Gelett Burgess

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