Britton, Lionel

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(1887-1971) UK author who gained some prominence between the two world wars for Hunger and Love, Etc (1931), a speculative proletarian/modernist Dystopia, written before (and influential upon) but published after Brain: A Play of the Whole Earth (1930), a drama in which a giant Computer is set up in the Sahara to run human affairs according to ambiguously Utopian tenets, which it does until nearly the End of the World, when a wandering star collides with the planet. Spacetime Inn (1932), also a play, expounds a vision of things derived in part from the theories of J W Dunne, though the main dramatic interest lies in the interactions of Eve, the Queen of Sheba, Queen Victoria, Karl Marx and George Bernard Shaw, as they explore the interstices of the pub that has become their world. Animal Ideas: A Dramatic Symphony of the Human in the Universe (1935), less cogent as a drama, engages in similarly ambitious metaphysics. [JC]

Lionel Erskine Nimmo Britton

born Astwood Bank, Worcestershire: 4 November 1887

died Ramsgate, Kent: 9 January 1971

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about the author

  • Adam Daly. "The Lost Genius of Britton: Proletarian Misfit, Apocalyptic Anarchist, Forgotten Genius" (Spring 2006 Wormwood #6) [p47ff: mag/]
  • Tony Shaw. "Lionel Britton: An Update" (Spring 2007 Wormwood #8) [p67ff: mag/]

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