Encyclopedia of Fantasy (1997)
Greenwood, James

(1832-1929) UK writer and journalist; during his long career he was best-known as a crusading reporter investigating UK low-life in the footsteps of Henry Mayhew (1812-1887), producing several important studies on this subject, notably The Seven Curses of London (1869) and The Wilds of London (1876). He had a parallel career as author of several books for "young readers" which mainly concentrated on savage cruelty, often involving animals and Native Americans, including Curiosities of Savage Life (1867) and The Bear King (1868), accompanied by graphically bloodthirsty illustrations; this last title was an acknowledged influence on Rudyard Kipling. Among JG's most fantastic works is The Adventures of Seven Four-Footed Foresters, Narrated by Themselves (1865), in which a character can converse fluently with savage animals and finds himself turning into a Wolf. [RD]

other works: Reminiscences of a Raven (1865); Silas the Conjurer: His Travels and Perils (1866); The Adventures of R. Davidger (1869); A Queer Showman, and Other Stories (1885); Jaleberd's Bumps: A Phrenological Experiment (1891).

James Greenwood


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