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David Lindsay Biography

(1876–1945), A Voyage to Arcturus, The Haunted Woman

Literature Reference: American Literature, English Literature, Classics & Modern FictionEncyclopedia of Literature: Lights of Bohemia to Love in Livery

British writer, born in Blackheath, south-east London, educated in Scotland. He is remembered for his first novel, A Voyage to Arcturus (1920), ostensibly a tale of interplanetary romance, but in fact a highly disciplined philosophical foray into an imagined wonderland, where the protagonist undergoes a transformative rite of passage. The influence of Lindsay's Calvinist upbringing and his study of German philosophy evident in this work distinguishes it from other science fiction works. Notable among his other novels is The Haunted Woman (1922), a supernatural work posing moral questions of good and evil.

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