Osborne, Duffield

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(1858-1917) US lawyer and author of The Spell of Ashtaroth (1888), a Biblical fantasy featuring Joshua; of sf interest is The Secret of the Crater (A Mountain Moloch) (July 1897 Lippincott's Magazine as "A Mountain Moloch"; exp 1900), a tale whose frame narrator, after evoking H Rider Haggard and Jules Verne, presents to his readers the illustrative story of an explorer who discovers a Lost Race of Carthaginians on a Pacific Island; the princess in residence falls in love with the explorer. There is a volcano. [JC]

Samuel Duffield Osborne

born Brooklyn, New York: 20 June 1858

died New York: 20 November 1917

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