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John Collier a contemporary English author was born in London England on May 31901 and lived his last years in Palisades California where he died of a stroke on April 6 1980 Collier was a writer of the 1920s era educated in post-Victorian England and according to Anthony Burgess in the London Times He was known for literary allusiveness and quiet wit Contemporary Authors 111 A collection of his most memorable works was published in 1972 entitled The John Collier Reader His literary style reached beyond his native country and became popular in the United States John Colliers writings are full of surprises His short stories combine an element of horror as well as love which are focused on the relationships of the young and old Collier is notable for lightly carried erudition literary allusiveness and quiet wit according to Anthony Burgess Anthony Burgess a novelist said though not a writer of the very first rank he possessed considerable literary skill and a rare capacity to entertain Contemporary Authors 111 Colliers readers are involved in his writings by trick endings or take away endings in which readers are given all clues but asked to finish the story on their own Critical Survey 1169 His subject manner is often the line between logical or psychological meaning The subject contains an irony that is well balanced between an element of horror and humor His short stories are based on relationships of the young and old Colliers characters are hoping to fulfill their dreams and they do have them fulfilled but only to discover they have been dreaming the wrong thing The Chaser is a story that deals with a mans dream of gaining a womans love through a potion The man wants the love of this woman so badly that he wants to purchase a potion to gain her love The old wise man that owns all these potions is a man who has experienced much about
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