Title: Desert Jungle Author: Hugh (Robert Allen) Donnelly Publisher: Ashley, Port Washington, NY / George J. McLeod, Toronto: 1977 (1st edition, 1st printing) Description: 8vo. 252 pp. Hardcover. Dust jacket illustrated by Robert Brokman. Signed and dated (1977) with inscription in ink by author on the front free endpaper. Bound in black cloth with gilt titles on the spine. DJ not price-clipped. Newspaper clipping tipped onto the front endpaper.
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Hugh Donnelly was born in New Zealand. He emigrated to Canada in the late 1960s, and relocated to Prince Edward Island in the early 1970s. For a time, he was owner and operator of Alpeque Harbor Cottages at Cabot Park. Apart from his fiction, Donnelly was also a playwright. He wrote two 3-act plays - The Sacred Flame (1947), and So Red The Dawn (1962). Donnelly also wrote Children of Sin; or Dr. Finnestaire's Obsession (1945) under the pseudonym Allen Wainford-Ash, as well as another dramatic composition, Twelve Midnight (1945) under the same pseudonym.