Encyclopedia of Fantasy (1997)
Housman, Clemence

(1861-1955) UK artist, poet and writer. She illustrated some works by her brother Laurence Housman. Her extended prose-poem The Were-wolf (1896) is a symbolic erotic fantasy in which two brothers disagree about a Femme Fatale; the one who thinks her Evil pursues her to a climactic meeting where their fates are decided. It is among the most notable products of the short-lived English Decadent Movement (see Decadence). CH's novel The Unknown Sea (1898) also features an enigmatic femme fatale; its fantastic element is muted and its style conventionally verbose. [BS]

Clemence Housman


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