“The Island of Unreason,” Edmond Hamilton, 1933 — A man commits the unreasonable act of wanting to finish a project to conclusion, even though it should be handed off to someone more talented. He’s sentenced to an unknown period on the island of unreason. There they eat animal flesh, fight for women, can’t cooperate enough to build cities, choose their own mates, and barely manage to build shelters. He’s offered a way out, but he chooses to go back, apparently for love.
Comments: Pat ending in which the rival is subdued by the arrival of another woman (a pert blonde; he and the rival form a truce due to the arrival of women. A contrast of two extremes of reason/unreason, as defined by Hamilton. Read in The Best of Hamilton.
Author: Wikipedia: “Edmond Moore Hamilton (October 21, 1904 – February 1, 1977) was an American author of science fiction stories and novels during the mid-twentieth.” “World-wrecker” Hamilton was an extremely prolific writer, particularly of space opera, and appeared frequently in Weird Tales. He was close friends with many prominent genre writers, including Jack Williamson, and was married to Leigh Brackett, a science fiction writer and a screen writer of several notable screenplays.