Encyclopedia of Fantasy (1997)
Findley, Timothy

(1930-    ) Canadian actor, dramatist and writer who began publishing fiction in 1956 with the nongenre "About Effie". His first work of fantasy interest came much later. Famous Last Words (1981) is like many Recursive Fantasies set in an Alternate-World version of the 20th century in that it mixes fictional characters (like Ezra Pound's Hugh Selwyn Mauberley) with real figures (like Charles Lindbergh) in its analysis of the rise of fascism in Europe (a typical focus of the modern recursive fantasy), but does not explicitly fantasticate the world itself. Not Wanted on the Voyage (1984) is a flamboyant Twice-Told contemporary rendering of the story of Noah (> Flood), which moves into Revisionist-Fantasy territory in its assaults upon the patriarchal order enforced within the Ark. Headhunter (1993) again introduces a fictional character into the real world, but this time within a fantasy frame; a librarian unleashes Mr Kurtz – from Joseph Conrad's "Heart of Darkness" (1899) – into contemporary Toronto, which he begins to dominate. [JC]

Timothy Irving Findley

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