Delaire, Jean

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Pseudonym of French/American author born Pauline Celestine Elisa Touchemolin (1868-1950), daughter of the painter Alfred Touchemolin (1829-1907), resident in the UK from around 1890; she was publishing stories in magazines as early as 1899, and later served as editor of Christian Theosophist. Her interest in Theosophy resulted in books and essays as Jean Delaire and as Mrs Muirson Blake (her legal name from 1923, Blake being her second husband). Around a Distant Star (1904) as Mrs E Castle Leaver (her first husband was William Castle Leave) has two young fellows travelling on an electrically propelled Faster-than-Light Spaceship to a planet about 1900 light years away, in order that, after avoiding carnivorous plants, they can witness through a supertelescope (see Astronomy; Time Viewer) the death and resurrection of Christ; the narrator of the tale then returns to Earth, leaving his friend behind to teach Christianity to the monkey-like natives (see Apes as Human; Life on Other Worlds). [PN/JC/MA]

Pauline Celestine Elisa Touchemolin/Mrs Muirson Blake

born Strasbourg, France: 1868

died Chorley Woods, Hertfordshire: 19 December 1950

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