The Hoofmarks of the Fawn
Background to The Hoofmarks of the Fawn
The Hoofmarks of the Fawn consists of a number of short stories and one critical essay, written between 1904 and 1910. This was a considerable portion of the young Ransome’s career to date, so it is no surprise that the tone is uneven. Ransome acknowledged this in his introductory note, saying that the gaps between these stories “must explain their apparent inequality in craftsmanship. I tried to correct them, but found in doing so I was imposing one mood on another and blurring both with contradiction. I left them as they were. Craftsmanship is not everything, and those old moods seem to me almost worth regretting, because they are irretrievable.”
This volume contained: The Hoofmarks of the Fawn (1908, dedicated to Ivy Ransome); The Footways of Dream (written in 1905, but dedicated to Ivy Ransome in 1911); Peter Swainson: a Criticism (1910); Rolf Sigurdson (1904, dedicated to Dora Collingwood); The Little Silver Snakes (1905, dedicated to Barbara Collingwood), and The Aging Fawn (1910).
Published by Martin Secker in April, 1911.
- Out of Print
Craftsmanship is not everything, and those old moods seem to me almost worth regretting, because they are irretrievable.
Also in Story-telling
- Highways and Byways in Fairyland
- The Hoofmarks of the Fawn
- The Elixir of Life
- Old Peter’s Russian Tales
- Aladdin and his Wonderful Lamp
- The Soldier and Death
- The War of the Birds and the Beasts and Other Russian Tales
- Coots in the North and Other Stories
- The Blue Treacle
- Aladdin and His Lamp