Wilson, Grosvenor

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(1866-1948) US poet and author in whose Future History, The Monarch of Millions, or The Rise and Fall of the American Empire (1900), a 1950s America is strictly organized according to wealth, with the Emperor richest of all; the sciences have advanced remarkably but the people remain potentially restive, and young Demos from Alaska is able to topple the old plutocracy. Unfortunately – despite this cosmetic democratization – the Dystopian power structure remains intact. The book's cynicism tends to neutralize some of the foggy allegory. [JC]

John Grosvenor Wilson

born 10 December 1866

died 13 August 1948

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