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M.P. Shiel
By Paul Fox
Matthew Phipps Shiell, who published primarily under the name M. P. Shiel, was born on the West Indian island of Montserrat in 1865. He was of mixed-race descent at least on his mother’s side, a not uncommon occurrence on an island whose economy had been based on slave-worked and Irish-run sugar plantations.
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