1902 to 1912 University and Bohemia
University and Bohemia: Arthur Ransome’s timeline, part 2
- Feb: Abandoned Yorkshire College for a position as Office Boy for London publisher, Grant Richards.
- Lodged at 544, Wandsworth Rd, Clapham.
- Autumn: Left Grant Richards for a post at the Unicorn Press.
- Autumn: Moved to his mother’s new home at 67, Huron Rd, Balham.
- Befriended Edward Thomas and entered London’s Bohemian community, meeting WB Yeats and Masefield.
- Aug: Left the Unicorn Press, to try his luck as a paid writer.
- Autumn: Left his mother’s home for lodgings in Hollywood Rd, Chelsea.
- Spring: Moved to 1 Gunter Grove, Chelsea.
- Summer: First adult holiday in Coniston. Stays at Bank House (now the Yewdale Hotel). Met WG Collingwood and accepted his invitation to stay at Lanehead. Introduced to sailing.
- Aug: The ABC of Physical Culture and The Souls of the Streets, Ransome’s first identifiable books published.
- Winter: First visit to Paris.
- Apr: The Stone Lady published.
- Summer: Stayed at Wall Nook Farn, Cartmel. Met Lascelles Abercrombie.
- Oct: Moved to Carlyle Studios, King’s Rd, Chelsea.
- Nov: The Child’s Book of the Seasons, Pond and Stream and The Things in our Garden published.
- Dec: Highways and Byways in Fairyland published.
- Sep: Bohemia in London published.
- Autumn: In Paris researching French writers.
- Apr: Returned from Paris.
- Summer: Lodged at Low Yewdale Farm, Coniston. Spent much of the summer camping. Proposed (unsuccessfully) to Dora Collingwood.
- Sep: Moved to Baron’s Court.
- Autumn: Met Ivy Constance Walker.
- Jan: Proposed (successfully) to Ivy Walker.
- Mar 13: Married in London. Moved to Stoner Hill, Froxfield.
- Sep: Walked from Petersfield to London (60 miles) in 2 days.
- Oct/Nov: Moved out of Stoner Hill for London.
- Nov: A History of Story-telling published
- Dec 21: Lodged at Semley, Wiltshire.
- Mar 19: Moved to 15 Frances Rd, Bournemouth.
- May 9: Arthur and Ivy’s daughter, Tabitha, born.
- Jun/Jul: In Edinburgh.
- Aug: Lodging in Milford, Surrey. Befriended local postman, who reintroduced Ransome to fishing (an a sport Ransome had not practised since his father’s death).
- Sep: Stays (without Ivy) at Lanehead. Nearly wrecks Miss Holt’s Swallow in a squall near Peel Island.
- Oct 4: Edgar Allan Poe published.
- Oct 7: Ransome, Ivy and Tabitha arrive to house sit at Lanehead, whilst the Collingwoods are in Paris.
- Nov 7: Tabitha christened in Coniston Parish Church.
- Nov 16: The Imp and the Elf and the Ogre published.
- Dec 17: Travelled to Paris for Christmas.
- Feb: Returned to England, to lodge at 17, Rectory Chambers, Chelsea.
- Mar: Moved to 120 Cheyne Walk, Chelsea.
- Apr 6: The Hoofmarks of the Fawn published.
- May: Moved to Manor Farm, Hatch, Wiltshire.
- Feb 14: Oscar Wilde published.
- Mar 13: Lord Alfred Douglas sued Ransome for libel.