(1938-2003) UK writer who remains best known for the sequence with which he began his career, the Pentecost series of Children's Fantasies: The Song of Pentecost (1982), Pentecost and the Chosen One (1984) and Pentecost of Lickey Top (1987). The eponymous chieftain fieldmouse leads his people out of their threatened homeland into a happier territory adjacent to the pond of a disinherited snake (see Serpents); a Trickster bug adds complexity. All WJC's other works are likewise Animal Fantasies. [JC]
other works: The End of the Tale and Other Stories (coll 1985); The Bear Who Stood on His Head (1988); Dear Grumble (1989); Toby's Iceberg (1990); Little Elephant (1991); Duck Soup Farm (1992); The Granson Boy (1993).
William Jesse Corbett