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Book Title: Signalling From Mars: The Letters of Arthur Ransome|
The author of the book: Arthur Ransome
Format files: PDF
The size of the: 984 KB
Edition: Jonathan Cape
Date of issue: March 27th 1997
ISBN 13: 9780224042611
Read full description of the books Signalling From Mars: The Letters of Arthur Ransome:Hugh Brogan writes in his Introduction: `Ransome in large part lived through his correspondence. He wrote letters as easily as we make phone calls (He did not possess a telephone until he was in his fifties). Their language is still vital with his character. Hundreds survive and add up to a literary achievement that deserves to be put in print as much as his stories for children. We seem to come especially close to the man writing. . . and because of the letters'spontaneity, I have let them compose themselves into a portrait of the writer in all his boyisness, his energy, his intellegence, his geniality (and his fretfulness)and the immense variety of his skills and interests'. Brogan says he has `tried to be as light-hearted an editor as possible producing `a reader-friendly selection rather than a definitive edition of documents'. He begins with Ransome in St Petersburg at the start of the Great War in 1914, and includes a breif commentary as well as some of the drawings with which Ransome decorated his correspondance.
Read information about the authorArthur Michell Ransome was born in Leeds in 1884 and educated in Windermere and Rugby. His family spent their summers at Nibthwaite, to the south of Coniston Water.
In 1902, Ransome abandoned a chemistry degree to become a publisher's office boy in London. He used this precarious existence to practise writing, producing several minor works before Bohemia in London (1907), a study of London's artistic scene and his first significant book.
An interest in folklore, together with a desire to escape an unhappy first marriage, led Ransome to St Petersburg, where he was ideally placed to observe and report on the Russian Revolution. He knew many of the leading Bolsheviks, including Lenin, Radek, Trotsky and the latter's secretary, Evgenia Shvelpina. These contacts led to persistent but unproven accusations that he "spied" for both the Bolsheviks and Britain.
Ransome married Evgenia and returned to England in 1924. Settling in the Lake District, he spent the late 1920s as a foreign correspondent and highly-respected angling columnist for the Manchester Guardian, before settling down to write Swallows and Amazons and its successors.
Today Ransome is best known for his Swallows and Amazons series of novels, (1931 - 1947). All remain in print and have been widely translated.
Arthur Ransome died in June 1967 and is buried at Rusland in the Lake District.
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