Croft-Cooke, Rupert

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(1903-1979) UK author, often abroad until 1972, when he moved to Morocco; author of over 125 books from his first in 1922, many of them detective thrillers as by Leo Bruce. One title is of sf interest, Cosmopolis (1932; rev vt The White Mountain 1949), in which a Near Future Utopia is almost achieved through the advocacy of the disciples of an exemplary school in the Swiss Alps; but fails. The book was almost immediately banned in the UK. In 1953, after one of the more shameful demonstrations of British jurisprudence, Croft-Cooke was sentenced to six months in jail for homosexual acts with consenting adults. [JC]

Rupert Croft-Cooke

born Edenbridge, Kent: 20 June 1903

died Bournemouth, Dorset: 10 June 1979

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