DOUGHTY, Charles M(ontagu)
(1843-1926)
   UK explorer and writer whose Travels in Arabia Deserta (1888) profoundly influenced T.E. Lawrence (1888-1935), among others. The difficult, archaic language of CMD's later work, a series of book-length poems, has kept them from wide circulation. Two are of some sf interest: The Cliffs (1909) features an airborne "Persanian" invasion of England, which is successfully repelled; in The Clouds (1912) a similar invasion is successful, and England occupied. Both poems are designed as warnings to complacent Britons, and share many of the characteristics of the INVASION stories popular before WWI.
   JC

Science Fiction and Fantasy Encyclopedia. . 2011.

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