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A. E. Coppard (1878–1957)

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Alfred Edgar Coppard was born on January 4, 1878 in Folkstone, Kent. Coppard was almost entirely self-educated, having left school at age nine to help out the family. He worked first as an errand boy, and later as a clerk before turning to writing in 1919. His first short story was rejected by mostra'n més publishers for being too long at 12,000 words. Coppard's first book of short stories was published when he was 43. He is best known for his short story "The Higgler", which was appeared in his anthology The Fishmongers Fiddle in 1925. Coppard published his autobiography, It's Me, O Lord!, in 1955. Coppard was one of the best known British writers of the 1920s. He died in London on January 13, 1957. (Bowker Author Biography) mostra'n menys

Obres de A. E. Coppard

The Collected Tales of A.E. Coppard (1777) 160 exemplars, 1 ressenya
Adam and Eve and Pinch Me (1922) 51 exemplars, 1 ressenya
Fearful Pleasures (1946) 31 exemplars
Dusky Ruth and Other Stories (1974) 23 exemplars
Father Raven and Other Tales (2006) 13 exemplars
Clorinda Walks in Heaven (2006) 13 exemplars
Fishmonger's Fiddle (1925) 12 exemplars
The Field of Mustard (1927) 10 exemplars
Nixey's Harlequin (1931) 9 exemplars
Silver Circus (1929) 8 exemplars
Selected Stories (1972) 7 exemplars
Pink Furniture (1930) 7 exemplars
COLLECTED POEMS. (1928) 7 exemplars
Ninepenny Flute (1937) 7 exemplars
Count Stefan 6 exemplars
The Higgler (1998) 6 exemplars
Polly Oliver; tales (1935) 6 exemplars
It's Me, O Lord ! (1957) 6 exemplars
The Man From Kilsheelan (1930) 5 exemplars
Cherry ripe (1935) 5 exemplars
The Third Prize 4 exemplars
Hips & haws; poems 4 exemplars
The Cherry Tree 4 exemplars
Fares please! an omnibus (1931) 4 exemplars
The Presser 4 exemplars
Dunky Fitlow. Tales (1933) 4 exemplars
Fifty Pounds 3 exemplars
Lucy in her pink jacket (1954) 3 exemplars
Tapster's Tapestry (1938) 3 exemplars
The Hurly Burly 3 exemplars
Olive and Camilla 2 exemplars
Doe 2 exemplars
Christine's Letter 2 exemplars
Ahoy, Sailor Boy! 2 exemplars
A Little Boy Lost 2 exemplars
The Watercress Girl 2 exemplars
The Little Mistress 2 exemplars
Ugly Anna. (1944) 2 exemplars
The Poor Man 2 exemplars
Judith 2 exemplars
Fine Feathers 2 exemplars
Purl and Plain 2 exemplars
My Hundredth Tale 2 exemplars
Luxury (1922) 2 exemplars
The Ballet Girl 2 exemplars
Emergency Exit (1934) 2 exemplars
The Old Venerable 2 exemplars
A Broadsheet Ballad 2 exemplars
The Fair Young Willowy Tree (1939) 2 exemplars
The Green Drake 2 exemplars
Selected Tales (1946) 1 exemplars
These Hopes Of Heaven A Poem (1934) 1 exemplars
Good Samaritans (1934) 1 exemplars
Easter Day. (1931) 1 exemplars
A Carol 1 exemplars
Cheefoo 1 exemplars
The Kisstruck Bogie 1 exemplars
Piffingcap 1 exemplars
Cheese 1 exemplars
Nixey's Harlequin 1 exemplars
Felix Tincler 1 exemplars
The Gollan 1 exemplars
The Higgler and Other Stories (1991) 1 exemplars

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Folkestone, Kent, England, UK
Llocs de residència
Folkestone, Kent, UK
Oxford University
Taylor, Gay (lover)



The Collected Tales of A E Coppard
(This is the Borzoi Books edition)
532 pages

Having stumbled across the macabre little tale "Cheese," in a short story collection called "Night Side," by August Derleth, I decided to check out its author, A. E. Coppard. Though I'm not that well-read, by my own estimation- after all, I can't stand to read Shakespeare, for it always leaves me scratching my noggin- I tend to assume that if I haven't heard of authors of old, they must not be worth reading. I was again proved wrong after buying a used volume of Coppard's short stories called "The Collected Works of A. E. Coppard."
I love these omnibus-sized books. For one thing, I tend to think I've really gotten my money's worth. For another, the tome's size guarantees many hours of enjoyment- unless the writing stinks. As I leafed through the pages, I did notice something disconcerting- the stories are not in chronological order. I like to see how an author progresses, and with this collection that will not be possible. But as I started reading, I realized that, given Coppard's early mastery of the short story form, there'd not be much progression to observe.
Which brings me to the genius of this collection. Coppard evidently put together the stories in a certain order, and even if it was someone else's work, the sequence makes for a rich reading experience. But this aspect wasn't apparent until I'd read a few stories.
"The Higgler" (1925) starts things off with the story of a country merchant who falls in love with a young woman at one of his stops. The conflict that ensues is the opposite of that in "Ethan Frome." In this case, the protagonist is not married, but has to choose between two women, one being his fiancé. Though he marries, the tale has elements of tragedy amidst the morality play. The message is that it is best to trust one's gut instincts. And the story does not go where one expects, a first warning to me, as it will soon turn out. Also, we get a first taste of Coppard's gift for description and dialogue; the pictures he paints of simple folk and the way they speak not so simple, once one gets further into the story.
"The Cherry Tree" (1922) follows, concerning two small children and a gift they give to their mother. It is more upbeat than The Higgler. The tale is a touching mix of sadness and love and gratitude that uplifts.
"The Poor Man" (1923) is another merchant tale that covers the ups and downs of a man's life, over the span of fifteen years or so. He seems do the best he can, and does see some rewards for his efforts- yet, one by one, the things he loves start slipping from his grasp. It all ends tragically, and seems to say that while life is not fair, one must learn to cope, for sometimes that is the only choice left. The story has not one, but several heartbreaking moments, and leaves the reader feeling a bit depressed.
"The Ballet Girl" (1923) comes a breath of fresh air, after the dour "Poor Man," and demonstrates Coppard's talent for comedy. The delightful tale not only entertains, but holds a message for those who need a reason to get out of the rut they are currently in.
"Arabesque- The Mouse" (1921). By this time, I'm starting to become wary of the what's going to happen to Coppard's characters. Sunny days can suddenly become nightmarish, humor turns to cruelty, and the sure thing falls to dust. Will the protagonists survive the predicaments they're in? Or will their life become a shambles due to the brooding menace that seems to arise unexpectedly in their lives? This particular tales covers a lot of ground in seven pages: drama involving a mousetrap and its intended victim, a tender-but-strange encounter between a child and his nursing mother, a terrible accident, a brief love affair from the past, and another accident that parallels the first one. Aside from trying to understand what the story represents, one has to admire Coppard's ability to cover so much ground in such a brief number of pages, while encompassing so many shades of emotion.
"Alas, Poor Bollington" (1923) takes us back to comedy with a story about marital discord, with a belly laugh at the end.
"Dusky Ruth" (1921) may leave one scratching the cranium, but there's no denying the sad beauty of this depiction of the loneliness that two strangers can heal in each other- at least for a brief time. Haunting.
"The Old Venerable" (1926) is an example of the sudden turns a Coppard story can take. An old fellow who lives in a game preserve tries to maintain his lifestyle as caretaker of the woods- until a new warden appears, threatening his very existence. The old fellow makes some headway- for a while. Then forces combine to rob him of his present and his future. The shocking violence at story's end is devastating, a sign that this old man is going to do something even more drastic, once he leaves our view.
"Adam and Eve Pinch Me" (1921) is one of Coppard's most celebrated tales, and with good reason. The fantasy skirts religious territory without being preachy, and is a story rich in both mystery and delight.
"The Presser (1928)" offers a story told from a young boy's point of view. He's employed doing menial tasks at a tailor's workshop, and the things we see through his eyes are touching. It's also the story of the "presser," the fellow who irons all the clothing produced by the employees. As usual, one is never sure if tragedy is about to strike, which adds an element of suspense- for everyone in the tale seems at risk, from the little boy to the presser to the little girl and her kitten, the latter the boy accompanies to a coffee shop, where a fight eventually breaks out, leaving the reader wincing and fearful for the children. But for once, the main characters all escape to a better place- and without dying. In a way, the ending feels a bit contrived, maybe even satirical, as if the author can't come up with a happy ending without feeling a bit ashamed. But that's the beauty of this and similar tales- you can take things one of several ways.
"The Green Drake" (1931). And just when things were going so well. Here comes a tale that starts off in a bucolic setting, as a recently freed duck swims around a pond, enjoying his freedom. A fellow wanders by, then engages the drake in lengthy conversation, which is where the story crosses over to the realm of either fantasy or fable- before delivering another shocking ending. I'm starting to understand why Coppard was a fav of Derleth and Flannery O'Connor.
"Able Staple Disapproves" (1933) lighten the mood with some gallows humor- two men sitting in a pub, arguing about the best words to place in a wife's obituary. It's comedy from beginning to end, with a lot of excellent description added, for good measure.
"Purl and Plain" (1928) continues on the lighter side with a Protestant curate and Catholic priest stuck in a room together in a room, awaiting the birth of a child. It seems that the parents have decided to have the newborn baptized as a Catholic if it's a boy, a Protestant if it's a girl. The conversation that ensues as the two men try to find common ground is superb, and with no small measure of pathos and humor.
"A Broadsheet Ballad" (1922) finds two fellows sitting in a pub (a favorite scene location for Coppard), discussing a most unusual case- a fellow who gets two sisters pregnant, then gets charged with murder when one of the women dies from poisoning. But all is not as it seems, Coppard making the most of the twisty plot. It's dark comedy, subtle and unforgettable.
"Silver Circus" (1928) brings us back around to the macabre, in a tale that would have fit in well as an episode of "Alfred Hitchcock Presents." What starts out as absurdist humor- a man talked into dressing up as a tiger and fighting a real lion, in front of a circus audience- soon turns bizarre and then worse. The surprise ending is well-done, though very upsetting.
And I still have 23 stories to go!
… (més)
gauchoman | Oct 25, 2023 |
A.E. Coppard born 1878 at Folkstone, Kent, the son of a tailor and a housemaid. Left school at the age of 9 to work as an errand boy for a Jewish trousers maker in Whitechapel during the period of the Ripper murders. There is no foundation for the rumor that he subsequently became a navvy and survived on raw cabbage; actually he worked as a clerk at Brighton and Oxford, and adopted professional sprinting as a hobby. At present, however, according to WHO'S WHO his recreation is 'resting.'
Porius | May 17, 2011 |


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