The Autobiography of Arthur Ransome
Background to The Autobiography of Arthur Ransome
Jonathan Cape first suggested that Ransome write his autobiography as early as 1939, but he was reluctant and didn’t begin to do so until ten years later. He then worked intermittently at it until 1961, but never completed it.
Ransome’s first literary executor, Rupert Hart-Davis edited and tidied up Ransome’s completed chapters after his death.
The Autobiography recounts Ransome’s life in detail from 1884 to 1932, the time when he had just begun to write the Swallows and Amazons novels. Hart-Davis added a short Epilogue that summarises the remaining 35 years of Ransome’s life.
Published by Jonathan Cape in September, 1976.
- Out of Print
The writing of an autobiography at sixty-five, seventy-three, seventy-eight, knowing that there is no time in which to put right the mistakes of the past, is like a reheasal for the Day of Judgement, and not an early rehearal either but perhaps the very last.
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