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Willis E. McNelly Science Fiction Collection: John Morressy

Identifier: SC-06-JM

Scope and Contents

Contains the galley proofs for the novel "Frostworld and dreamfire".


  • 1970


Biographical / Historical

John Morressy may have been too modest and too funny a human being to capitalise fully on his double career. He was a successful Professor of English, and then Writer Emeritus, at Franklin Pierce College in New Hampshire from 1968; and he was a prolific author of science fiction and fantasy, publishing at least 25 novels and many stories. His life began in Brooklyn, where he was born in 1930, and where, after army service, he took his BA in 1953 from St John's University. In 1961, he took a graduate degree from New York University.

But, by the time he had begun to publish fiction, Morressy had already moved to south-western New Hampshire, in the heart of "rural" New England, a region that is rural in the sense that, say, the county of Kent is rural. It is intimate country, a land of mists and turns highly evocative of fantasy, and Morressy, who spent the rest of his life there, wrote mostly fantasy in his latter career. His "Iron Angel" sequence (beginning with Ironbrand, 1980), a complicated quest narrative, retained some of the darkness of his early work; but the "Kedrigern" books (beginning with A Voice for Princess, 1986), which gained a large readership, were determinedly light-hearted, conveying a sense that, mainly through the healing antics of the reluctant wizard Kedrigern, a good life was still possible in the lee of the world.

Morressy was quite visible at Readercon, the one convention of writers and fans that meets annually in eastern Massachusetts.



1 box

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Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift of the Patrons of the Library, 1977-06-24.


Aisle 9A, shelf 6

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Repository Details

Part of the University Archives and Special Collections Repository

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