What were the creative sparks behind Swallows and Amazons?
- How many Saturday articles did he write for the Manchester Guardian?
- When did Arthur Ransome publish his first book?
Arthur Ransome published nearly forty books during his life, beginning with The ABC of Physical Culture. It was published in August, 1904, possibly as part of a ghost-written series on behalf of famous sportsmen. A quarter of a century later he penned the first of 58 Saturday articles for the Guardian. Strangely, this was after he had given notice to his employers, and after he had been inspired to begin Swallows and Amazons.
Our Arthur Ransome bibliography catalogues his literature in four sections:
- Books by Arthur Ransome: includes an overall chronological list, nine thematic lists and a dedicated page for each of Ransome’s books, including Swallows and Amazons.
- Contributions by Arthur Ransome: introduces his work as an editor and translator. It also contains a list of over thirty books containing essays and introductions by Arthur Ransome.
- Articles by Arthur Ransome: a brief introduction to the 1,500 articles that Ransome wrote for newspapers and journals.
- Books About Arthur Ransome: an introduction to around forty books that focus on Arthur Ransome’s life and works.
The most comprehensive listing of Arthur Ransome’s works is available in: Arthur Ransome, A Bibliography, Wayne G Hammond (2000) ISBN 1-58456-022-3.
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