Encyclopedia of Fantasy (1997)
Timlin, William M

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(1892-1943) UK-born artist and author, in South Africa from 1912. His reputation rests on one book, The Ship that Sailed to Mars (1923), which he sumptuously illustrated, and which was published using his own calligraphy. Despite its title, the story is wholly fantastic, modelled on Fairytale. In his youth an Old Man believed in Fairies and used their skill and cunning to construct a ship in which they travelled through the wonders of space to Mars where they encountered a magical world. The storyline is minimal, the book's strength resting on its exotic descriptions and beautiful illustrations. At the time of his death WMT was working on a new volume, «The Building of a Fairy City»; this remains unpublished, though some of the artwork has been issued on postcards. [MA]

William Mitcheson Timlin


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