Encyclopedia of Fantasy (1997)
Jefferies, Richard

Working name of UK essayist and writer John Richard Jefferies (1848-1887), still best-known for his sf novel After London, or Wild England (1885) (> SFE). The Early Fiction of Richard Jefferies (coll 1896) contains "A Strange Story", a minor Supernatural Fiction involving a Doppelgänger. Of more importance as fantasy is his Bevis sequence – Wood Magic: A Fable (1881; cut vt Sir Bevis: A Tale of the Fields 1889) and Bevis: The Story of a Boy (1882) – in whose first volume RJ dramatizes an animistic sense of Nature through the experiences of young Bevis, who is able to talk with animals. [JC]

John Richard Jefferies

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This entry is taken from the Encyclopedia of Fantasy (1997) edited by John Clute and John Grant. It is provided as a reference and resource for users of the SF Encyclopedia, but apart from possible small corrections has not been updated.