Encyclopedia of Fantasy (1997)
Stuart, Francis

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Working name of Irish writer Henry Francis Montgomery Stuart (1902-2000), whose tumultuous career began in 1923 with a privately published volume of poems, We Have Kept the Faith (coll 1923 chap), was shadowed by his refusal to leave Nazi Germany – whose politics he disdained – in WWII, and continued into recent years. His first novel, Women and God (1931 UK), gives off a distracted air of fantasy, though it is in fact mundane. His second, Pigeon Irish (1932 UK), is sf. Early fantasies include Try the Sky (1933 UK), in which a Shaman-like Native American woman – who creates three-dimensional models of a primordial River resembling the Danube – takes flight with her lover into a surreal, desert Ireland, and The Angel of Pity (1935 UK), in which an anticipated World War II serves as venue for the passion of a female version of Christ. Late work includes A Hole in the Head (1977) and Faillandia (1985), a fantasticated satiric look at a corrupt near-future Ireland. [JC]

Henry Francis Montgomery Stuart


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.