Comyns, Barbara

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Working name of UK author Barbara Comyns-Carr (1907-1992), whose style's transfixed faux-naive simplicity urged much of her work into a tone of pregnant magic realism (see Fabulation). The Vet's Daughter (1959) describes the emotional distress of its doomed narrator, Alice Rowlands, in such a deadpan fashion that the violent scene of fatal levitation which culminates the tale seems totally unfantasticated. The Juniper Tree: Adapted from a Children's Fairy Story of the Same Name by the Brothers Grimm, Which Is far too Macabre for Adult Reading (1985) provides through its subtitle a sufficient description of this hallucinated Twice-Told [see The Encyclopedia of Fantasy under links below] tale. [JC]

see also: Fantasy Entries.

Barbara Irene Veronica Comyns-Carr

born Bidford-on-Avon, Warwickshire: 27 December 1907

died Shrewsbury, Shropshire: 15 July 1992

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