Encyclopedia of Fantasy (1997)
Nichols, Robert

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(1893-1944) UK academic, poet, dramatist and writer, known initially as a WWI poet because of the success of his first book, Invocation: War Poems and Others (coll 1915). After WWI his poetic career faltered; Fisbo, or The Looking-Glass Loaned (1934) is a lumbering narrative Satire, insufficiently fantasticated to raise any spirits. His prose was somewhat livelier: The Smile of the Sphinx (1920 chap), an Arabian Fantasy, appeared in revised form in Romances of Idea, Volume One: Fantastica: Being the Smile of the Sphinx and Other Tales of Imagination (coll 1923), a large volume featuring the book-length "Golgotha & Co", which anticipates an apocalyptic World War II. Through a heavily satirized Landscape the Wandering Jew is discovered, playing the role of Antichrist; and Christ is recrucified. No second volume of Fantastica appeared. [JC]

other works: Under the Yew (1928 chap), marginal fantasy; Wings Over Europe: A Dramatic Extravaganza on a Pressing Theme (1929 US) with Maurice Browne (1881-1955), an sf play.

Robert Malise Bowyer Nichols


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