Encyclopedia of Fantasy (1997)
Kerby, Susan Alice

Pseudonym of UK writer Alice Elizabeth Burton (1908-1952), long resident in Canada. Her gentle fantasy Miss Carter and the Ifrit (1945) is one of the few novels imitative of F Anstey to use a female protagonist; it cosily sublimates the frustrations of a noncombatant ground down by wartime rationing. In Mr Kronion (1949) a refugee from Olympus takes up brief residence in an Oxfordshire village and helps defend it against the creeping erosions of post-WWII reform. Gone to Grass (1948; vt The Roaring Dove US), describing a similarly mild rebellion, is a satirical Ruritanian romance. [BS]

Alice Elizabeth Burton


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