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A. Merritt


A. Merritt was a pioneering, and popular, science fantasy author, who also demonstrated his considerable fictioneering talent with weird fantasy and mystery stories. By the 1930s, Merrittís fiction was being listed among the most popular science fiction stories by pulp readers.

Background

A. MerrittA. Merritt
Born: Jan. 10, 1884
Died: Aug. 21, 1943
Abraham Grace Merrittís day job was as a journalist: first, as a reporter and, later, night city editor for the Philadelphia Inquirer, then as a staffer and eventually editor of Hearst Newspapersí The American Weekly, a weekly Sunday newspaper supplement.

Meanwhile, Merritt was writing fiction on the side. His first short story, ìThrough the Dragon Glass,î was published in All-Story in the Nov. 24, 1917, issue. Over the next 25 years, Merritt wrote imaginative, popular fiction leading readers into new alternate worlds and introducing them to sympathetic, yet weird, characters.

In 1938, readers of Argosy magazine picked his novel The Ship of Ishtar as the most popular story ever published in the magazine. His novelette The Moon Pool was the readersí favorite science fiction story in a survey by Hugo Gernsbackís Wonder Stories.

Merritt also dabbled in other pulp genres, including weird fantasy (ìThe Woman of the Wood,î which appeared in Weird Tales) and mystery (Seven Footprints to Satan, which was serialized in Argosy-All-Story).

His work influenced Jack Williamson and succeeding pulp fictioneers.
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