Encyclopedia of Fantasy (1997)
Calthrop, Dion Clayton

(1878-1937) UK writer and illustrator whose The Guide to Fairyland (1906), a Cooks' Tour (see Plot Devices) – for which he did both text and extensive illustration – treats his chosen venue in Wonderland terms; from the moment the Charon-like Captain Bullfinch whisks the narrator away, the dialogue tends to whimsical logic-chopping in a manner perhaps intended to evoke memories of Lewis Carroll. Some of the interpolated Fairytales show imagination, as do some of the sentimentalized visions of harlequinade (see Commedia dell'Arte) expressed in Rouge, Brown (coll 1906) with Haldane MacFall (1860-1928) and The Harlequin Set (1911). The Harlequinade: An Excursion (1918) with Harley Granville-Barker (1877-1946) is a play with fantasy elements. In Hyacinth: An Excursion (1927) the immortal Hyacinth visits London, spreading contentment. [JC]

Dion William Palgrave Clayton Calthrop


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