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The Harpy Stateside
Ella Parker and others
Ella Parker was a prominent, London-based British fan of the 1950s and 1960s who published the highly regarded fanzine Orion and made a long fannish tour of the USA and Canada in 1961. Mundane circumstances prevented the completion of her intended trip report, partly published as Parker‘s Peregrinations with the subtitle (nodding to Walt Willis) The Harpy Stateside.
Rob Hansen has expanded this account with writing by many other fannish hands, tracking Ella’s triumphal progress through North America as she visited various fan centres, stayed with fannish notables and attended two major conventions. Ebook added to the TAFF site on 1 January 2021. 42,000 words, with cover artwork and interiors by Atom (Arthur Thomson).
Ella Parker with Betty Kujawa, 1961