Encyclopedia of Fantasy (1997)
Wyke-Smith, E A

(1871-1935) UK writer; born Smith, he later took on the fuller name by deed poll. He began writing fantasy tales for his children as an apparent antidote to the experience of World War I. Bill of the Bustingforths (1921), like all his fantasy work, makes lighthearted Revisionist-Fantasy play with old material, introducing its young protagonists into a Faerie, one of whose inhabitants is a Dwarf who once helped Little Red Riding-Hood carve up the wolf; like his other Children's Fantasies it is illustrated by George Morrow. The Last of the Barons (dated 1922 but 1921) has some fantasy elements, and The Second Chance (1923) is an adult tale involving sf-like rejuvenation. EAW-S remains known mainly for his last tale, The Marvellous Land of Snergs (1927), a fantasy which influenced J R R Tolkien's The Hobbit (1937), as Tolkien acknowledged. The Land of Snergs is a Polder, hidden from larger, harsher folk. In this polder the Flying Dutchman and various other figures live in contented retirement. [JC]

Edward Augustine Wyke-Smith


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