Encyclopedia of Fantasy (1997)
Sharp, Margery

(1905-1991) UK writer known for decades as an author of nonfantasy books for adults, beginning with Rhododendron Pie (1930), in later years perhaps most famous for her Miss Bianca sequence of Animal Fantasies. The series runs: The Rescuers (1959), Miss Bianca (1962), The Turret (1963), Miss Bianca in the Salt Mines (1966), Miss Bianca in the Orient (1970), Miss Bianca in the Antarctic (1971), Miss Bianca and the Bridesmaid (1972), Bernard the Brave (1976), Bernard into Battle (1978) and The Rescuers Down Under * (1991). Miss Bianca and some other titles were memorably illustrated by Garth Williams. The books describe the Wainscot adventures of Miss Bianca, the sophisticated and inventive white mouse (> Mice and Rats) who dominates the Mouse Prisoners' Aid Society, leading her Companions into various perilous situations in campaigns to rescue various prisoners from their various plights; her faithful helper Bernard dominates later volumes (> Duos). The Magical Cockatoo (1974), an unconnected tale with a human protagonist, is noticeably thinner. Adventures of Miss Bianca have been filmed by Disney as The Rescuers (1977) and The Rescuers Down Under (1990). [JC]

Clara Margery Melita Sharp


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