Encyclopedia of Fantasy (1997)
Lindsay, Norman

(1879-1969) Australian writer and artist, best-known for his early Children's Fantasy The Magic Pudding: Being the Adventures of Bunyip Bluegum and his Friends Bill Barnacle and Sam Sawnoff (1918), which he wrote and illustrated; verse from this was reprinted as Puddin' Poems (coll 1977 chap). The pudding is indeed Magic, being able to renew itself constantly, no matter how thoroughly it has been eaten. The protagonists of The Flyaway Highway (1936) have various slightly racy adventures in the company of Pan, who here calls himself Sylvander Dan. NL's adult work tends to propagandist excesses, where his misogyny and antisemitism make it difficult to countenance his Nietzschean exalting of the male creative spirit. Woman's role is to decorate, allure and titivate – NL's numerous drawings of nude females are sentimental but pleasingly sex-intoxicated – and the closest he came to a female protagonist is in The Cautious Amorist (1934 UK), which spoofs the attempts of some ineffectual males to cope with an alarmingly nubile female. A sample of his graphic work is found in Siren and Satyr: The Personal Philosophy of Norman Lindsay (graph 1976). [JC]

Norman Alfred William Lindsay


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