Encyclopedia of Fantasy (1997)
Wharton, William

Pseudonym of US painter and writer Albert DuAime (1927-2008), long resident in Paris; most of his novels are Fabulations whose Magic-Realism techniques transform autobiography – almost all expand upon episodes in his own life – into contemporary myth. Birdy (1979 US) translates its young protagonist's obsession with Birds and flying (> Talents) into a parable of the life of the artist. It was filmed as Birdy (1984), and future editions will carry an entry on that movie. A Midnight Clear (1982 US) presents the Christmastide experiences of a squad of US soldiers in World War II as a revelatory rite. Tidings (1987 US) is also set at Christmas, this time in rural 1980s France; a US expatriate philosopher obsessively gathers his widespread family together to celebrate the Season, an event made possible by a conflation of solsticial Miracles. Franky Furbo (1989 US) depicts a talking fox which has come back from the future to possess the body of a human. [JC]

Albert DuAime

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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.