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Thomas B. Costain (1885–1965)

Autor/a de The Silver Chalice

49+ obres 8,119 Membres 115 Ressenyes 13 preferits

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Obres de Thomas B. Costain

The Silver Chalice (1952) 1,383 exemplars
The Last Plantagenets (1962) — Autor — 684 exemplars
The Black Rose (1945) 584 exemplars
The Three Edwards (1958) — Autor — 567 exemplars
The Magnificent Century (1951) — Autor — 537 exemplars
The Conquering Family (1951) — Autor — 507 exemplars
Below the Salt (1957) 346 exemplars
The Darkness and the Dawn (1959) 249 exemplars
The Tontine [Complete] (1955) — Autor — 219 exemplars
High Towers (1949) 213 exemplars
William the Conqueror (1959) 208 exemplars
Stories to Remember {complete} (1956) — Editor — 181 exemplars
The Mississippi Bubble (1902) 172 exemplars
Son of a Hundred Kings (1950) 168 exemplars
The Moneyman (1947) — Autor — 158 exemplars
Ride with Me (1944) 157 exemplars
Stories to Remember, Volume I (1956) — Editor — 149 exemplars
30 Stories to Remember (1962) — Editor — 134 exemplars
The Last Love (1963) 130 exemplars
Read With Me (1965) — Editor — 129 exemplars
The Conquerors (The Pageant of England) (1949) — Autor — 127 exemplars
Stories to Remember, Volume II (1956) — Editor — 127 exemplars
A History of the Plantagenets (1949) — Autor — 99 exemplars
The Tontine [Volume 2] (1955) — Autor — 97 exemplars
More Stories to Remember, Volume II (1958) — Editor — 95 exemplars
The Tontine [Volume 1] (1955) 85 exemplars
More Stories to Remember, Volume I (1958) — Editor — 85 exemplars
The Chord of Steel (1960) 68 exemplars
More Stories to Remember, Volumes I & II (1958) — Editor — 59 exemplars
For My Great Folly (1942) — Autor — 57 exemplars
XII Twelve Short Novels (1961) — Editor — 34 exemplars
For My Great Folly [and] The Moneyman (1947) — Autor — 32 exemplars
The Silver Chalice [1954 film] (1952) — Original book — 17 exemplars
More Stories to Remember, Volume III (1958) — Editor — 8 exemplars
More Stories to Remember, Volume IV (1958) — Editor — 8 exemplars
For My Great Folly, First Part (1998) 3 exemplars
For My Great Folly (abridged) — Autor — 1 exemplars
Come ride with me 1 exemplars
The Silver Chlice 1 exemplars

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Nom oficial
Costain, Thomas Bertram
Data de naixement
Data de defunció
Lloc d'enterrament
Farringdon Cemetery, Brantford, Ontario, Canada
Canada (birth)
USA (naturalized)
Lloc de naixement
Brantford, Ontario, Canada
Lloc de defunció
New York, New York, USA
Causa de la mort
heart attack
Llocs de residència
Brantford, Ontario, Canada
New York, New York, USA
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA
Brantford Collegiate Institute
newspaper editor
university professor
historical novelist
Haycraft, Molly Costain (daughter)
The Saturday Evening Post
Premis i honors
Doctor of Letters, University of Western Ontario
Gold medallion, Canadian Club of New York
Biografia breu
Thomas B. Costain

was born
in Brantford, Ontario, Canada, and attended high school at the Brantford Collegiate Institute. Before graduating from high school, he had already written four novels, none of which were accepted for publication.

In 1902, he had his first literary success when the Brantford Courier published a mystery story of his, and he became a reporter at the paper at age 17. He later was an editor at the Guelph Daily Mercury and the Maclean Publishing Group. In 1914, he became a staff writer for, and later editor of, Maclean's Magazine. His work there brought him to the attention of The Saturday Evening Post in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, where he served as fiction editor for 14 years.

In 1920, he became a naturalized U.S. citizen. He worked for Doubleday Books as an editor from 1939 to 1946. He also was the head of 20th Century Fox’s story development department from 1934 to 1942. Costain was 57 years old when he published his first historical novel, For My Great Folly (1942), about the 17th-century rivalry between England and Spain. It was an immediate bestseller, and Costain was soon able to retire from Doubleday to become a full-time writer. In the years that followed, he published books almost annually, and his vivid and carefully researched stories continued to be hits with the public. The best-known of his works are The Black Rose (1945), which was adapted into a film starring Tyrone Power, and The Silver Chalice (1952), also made into a film. In addition, Costain utilized his outstanding abilities to make history compelling to produce well-received nonfiction histories, including a four-volume series on the English Plantagenet dynasty, The Conquering Family (1949), The Magnificent Century (1951), The Three Edwards (1958), and The Last Plantagenets (1962). Costain married Ida Randolph Spragge in 1910, and the couple had two children, one of whom was Molly Costain Haycraft, who also became an historical novelist.



Review from my 14 year old:

The Mississippi Bubble talks about how France got a new bank ;The Mississippi Company, and offered shares in the company. Stock prices rose. And fell.

The other part of the story talks about the starting of New Orleans.

Good for illustrating the importance of paper money backed by good.
FamiliesUnitedLL | Hi ha 1 ressenya més | Apr 2, 2024 |
I really enjoyed almost all of the stories in this collection. The different writing style were very interesting. Several were from much older timeframes than I normally encounter. I found some new authors to read and I'm sure I will be re-reading a few of the stories.
RuthInman123 | Hi ha 2 ressenyes més | Mar 12, 2024 |
On the day after the battle of Waterloo, a number of people set up a fund, the interest on the principle being shared among the surviving investors. This device allows Costain to explore nineteenth century society and indulge in a variety of novelistic sub-genres. It was low sress to write, and gave the author a chance to show his skill level. I don't recall it as being particularly striking to an adolescent living on the canadian prairies.
DinadansFriend | Hi ha 1 ressenya més | Feb 10, 2024 |
The books of Thomas B. Costain, were a rare success in the USa by a Canadian Writer. This is the story of the chief financial minister of Charles VII, the King of France (r. 1422 - 1461), Jacques Coeur 1395? - 1456. Coeur was a merchant on the multi national level in the Meditteranean. He who amassed so great a fortune that he had it confiscated by the French rown. costain plays up Coeur's relationship with Agnes Sorel, the mistress of the French King Charles VII, who was aided by Joan of Arc. The love story is conventional, but as Jacques was convicted of poisoning that lady by slanderers, rather fanciful.… (més)
DinadansFriend | Hi ha 1 ressenya més | Dec 8, 2023 |



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