COWAN, Frank (1844 - 1905)
[ANTARCTICA; LOST RACE FICTION] Revi-Lona : A romance of love in a marvelous land
Greensburg, [PA, USA] : Tribune Press Pub. Co., [1879?]. Octavo, gilt-lettered cloth covered boards, pp. 247; internally clean, a very god copy.
A lost race novel set in Antarctica.
While undated, a copy cited in the Encyclopedia of Science Fiction (see below) bears a handwritten date of 1879.
‘Frank Cowan (1844-1905), US newspaper editor and author whose Revi-Lona: A Romance of Love in a Marvelous Land (1879), is a Parody of the Lost Race novels so popular in the late nineteenth century. It is set, like many of them, in a clement enclave at one of the poles (in this case Antarctica), where a council of matriarchs falls under the narrator’s sexual sway (he sleeps with the entire 25-strong governing council). The results are syphilis and suicide, death and disaster and the escape of the hero (at the cost of the death of all his wives and children). Some sharp points are made about Utopias; it may be anachronistic to suggest that Cowan was also making a point about the destruction of native cultures by the West, though it is extremely tempting to think he was not unconscious of this reading of his text.’ – The Encyclopedia of Science Fiction http://www.sf-encyclopedia.com/entry/cowan_frank