Encyclopedia of Fantasy (1997)
Crawshay-Williams, Eliot

(1879-1962) UK writer who had a varied political and military career, retiring with the rank of Lieutenant-Colonel. His initial literary works were plays, collected in Five Grand Guignol Plays (coll 1924) and More Grand Guignol Plays (coll 1927 chap). His early novels were realistic, but he made copious use of the fantastic later. Night in No Time (1946) is a study of mores in which the mysterious Mr Cloxeter allows the protagonist to study the width of the generation gap in 1894 and 1943, thus providing a better context for the grievances he holds against his father in 1920. The Wolf from the West: Tracing the Glorious Tragedy of Glyndwr (1947) also employs a Timeslip to facilitate its purpose. The title story of The Man who Met Himself (coll 1947) is yet another timeslip romance, while "Nofrit", about the revivification of an ancient Egyptian princess, is the best of three Visionary Fantasies therein. Heaven Takes a Hand (1949) is one of many fantasies inspired by Hiroshima to wonder whether humankind is now worth saving; here, Satan and Socrates both take an active interest in a Heaven-appointed inquiry. Unusual Eugene (1952) ends with world revolution. [BS]

other works: Borderline (coll 1946).

Eliot Crawshay-Williams

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