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Carl A. Wade

was born Cyril Askelon Crichlow, the son of Samuel Augustus Crichlow, a civil servant, and Agnes Louise Crichlow—both devout members of the Seventh Day Adventist (SDA) faith—in Trinidad and Tobago, then a colony in the British West Indies. After he completed his early education his parents sent him to the United States at age fifteen, circa 27 July 1905 to further his schooling.

Between 1905 and 1908 he studied at Union College in Lincoln, Nebraska, an institution operated by the SDA religious community, in the first phase of his training as a medical missionary. He married Lillian Elizabeth Warnick from New Jersey in Alabama in 1909 and together they had three sons: Luther, Martin, and Allwyn. The family led a peripatetic existence as both parents were SDA “gospel workers” who over time served in several communities. From 1914 to 1917 they lived in Nashville Tennessee where Cyril attended Meharry ...

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Sheila Hassell Hughes

Born in Chicago in 1932, Ronald L. Fair began writing as a teenager. After graduating from public school in Chicago, Fair spent three years in the U.S. Navy (1950–1953) before attending a Chicago stenotype school for two years. While supporting himself as a court reporter and stenographer for the next decade (1955–1966), he produced his first two novels. After then working briefly as an encyclopedia writer, Fair taught for a few years—at Columbia College (1967–1968), Northwestern University (1968), and Wesleyan University (1969–1970). Fair moved to Finland in 1971 and has lived in Europe since that time. He is divorced and has three children.

Ronald Fair's first novel, Many Thousand Gone: An American Fable (1965), both fantastic tale and “protest novel,” is a satiric re-vision of the South, where, in the mythical Jacobs County slaves were never ...