Reverie, Reginald

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Pseudonym of US author Grenville Mellen (1799-1841), whose extremely early volume of short stories, Sad Tales and Glad Tales (coll 1828), has been claimed as a shaping influence upon Nathaniel Hawthorne and Edgar Allan Poe. Of sf interest in the collection is a Satire, "The Meeting of the Planets", in which the planets talk among themselves about Homo sapiens; and "The Tale of an Aeronaut", whose protagonist travels by Balloon to the Moon and other planets, listening as they make plans against their enemy, the Earth and its inhabitants. [JC]

Grenville Mellen

born Biddeford, Maine: 19 June 1799

died New York: 5 September 1841

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