Gerhardi, William

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(1895-1977) Russian-born author of English parents, in the UK from before World War One; in later, inactive years he gave his name as Gerhardie, apparently in homage to an earlier more prestigious spelling. He is best known for works outside the sf field like Futility (1922) and The Polyglots (1925). His End-of-the-World novel Jazz and Jasper: The Story of Adams and Eva (1928; vt Eva's Apples: A Story of Jazz and Jasper 1928; vt My Sinful Earth 1947; vt Doom 1974) depicts a Lord Beaverbrook figure and his entourage in their complex lives and later, after a huge cataclysm, hurtling through space on a chip of rock which is all that remains of Earth. The Memoirs of Satan (1932) with Brian Lunn (1893-1956), Hugh Kingsmill's brother, is fantasy; as is Resurrection (1934), whose protagonist undergoes a Precognitive experience. [JC]

William Alexander Gerhardi

born St Petersburg, Russia: 21 November 1895

died London: 15 July 1977

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