Madden, Samuel

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(1686-1765) Irish clergyman and author, nicknamed Premium Madden for his philanthropical work, whose Proto SF novel, Memoirs of the Twentieth Century: Being Original Letters of State Under George the Sixth [for full subtitle see Checklist] (1733) anonymous, takes as usual in eighteenth-century works the theoretical platform of the future as an enabling device to comment – in Madden's case with sufficient Satirical point for his text to be immediately suppressed – on contemporary events; Memoirs may be the first such text, however, to locate its narrative in a specific period, in this case a progression of events extending into the twentieth century. Madden was a friend of Jonathan Swift.

The ascription to Madden of the authorship of The Reign of George VI, 1900-1925 (1763) (see listing in Anonymous) may have come about through some similarity in the title, but seems unfounded. Madden had been forced to withdraw and destroy copies of Memoirs of the Twentieth Century, and in any case would have been in his late seventies when the second title appeared. [JC]

Samuel Molyneux Madden

born Dublin, Ireland: 23 December 1686

died Manor Waterhouse, near Newtonbutler, Fermanagh, Ireland: 31 December 1765

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