Hayter, Alethea

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(1911-2006) Egyptian-born UK editor and author, never affiliated to an academic institution, whose nonfiction work (not unusually for a non-career scholar) was significantly innovative; she is probably best known for the bio-critical study, Opium and the Romantic Imagination (1968). Her early novels as by J C Fennessy include Eden Island (1941), whose Utopian impulses fade into gossip, The Way to the Sea (1950), a Ruritanian fantasy set partly in Illyria, and The Sonnet in the Bottle (1951), in which a Lost Race of Incans is discovered in the heart of Brazil. She wrote two novels based on William Shakespeare's Hamlet (performed circa 1600; 1603; exp 1604): The Siege of Elsinor (1948) as by Fennessy fantasizes the life of Hamlet and Ophelia as a married couple; under her own name, Horatio's Version (1972) is a kind of Sequel by Other Hands to the play. Hayter was appointed OBE in 1970. [JC]

Alethea Catharine Hayter

born Cairo, Egypt: 7 November 1911

died London: 10 January 2006

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