A History of Story-Telling

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ISBN: 9780995568136
Publisher: Arthur Ransome Trust
Details: Paperback, 198x129mm, 272pp
Weight: 0.310Kg

For the last hour I have been sitting in my easy-chair, a cup of tea at my elbow, a pipe in my mouth, a good fire at my feet, trying not to let myself stray too far from the consideration of Cervantes and his place in the history of story-telling.

From Jean de Meung to Guy de Maupassant, via Chaucer, Bunyan, Austen, Scott, Poe and many other masters of their craft, Arthur Ransome’s History of Story-Telling is no simple compendium of facts and dates.

Instead he gave his pen a livelier, more thought-provoking and enduring aim: to write of story-telling as an activity he loved, exploring, through his heroes’ masterpieces, the development of story-telling technique and gradual perfecting of form.


‘Anyone who actually makes a practice of telling stories will recognize at once that Ransome knows what he’s talking about … and what an agreeable companion he is, with his pipe and his knapsack, and his broad sympathies, his interest in everything human and his fascination with the art of telling stories.’

(Philip Pullman)

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