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Leon Garfield (1921–1996)

Autor/a de Shakespeare Stories

78+ obres 3,801 Membres 42 Ressenyes 6 preferits

Sobre l'autor

Author Leon Garfield was born in Brighton, England on July 14, 1921. When World War II began, he stopped studying art and joined the British Army Medical Corps. While posted in Belgium, he met Vivien Alcock, who would later become his wife as well as a popular children's author. After the war, he mostra'n més worked as a biochemical laboratory technician until the 1960's when he became a full-time writer. He wrote more than thirty books for both children and adults and scripted Shakespeare: The Animated Tales for television. His second book, Devil-in-the-Fog won the first ever Guardian Award and was made into a television series. He also won the Carnegie Medal for The God Beneath the Sea, the Whitbread Award for John Diamond, and the Phoenix Award for Smith. His novel Black Jack was made into a full-length feature film and was the joint winner of the International Jury Award at the 1979 Cannes Film Festival. He died in London on June 2, 1996. (Bowker Author Biography) mostra'n menys


Obres de Leon Garfield

Shakespeare Stories (1985) 694 exemplars
Smith (1967) 515 exemplars
Shakespeare Stories II (1862) 254 exemplars
Black Jack (1968) 188 exemplars
Devil-in-the-Fog (1966) 149 exemplars
The God Beneath the Sea (1970) 147 exemplars
Jack Holborn (1964) 130 exemplars
John Diamond (1980) 125 exemplars
The Sound of Coaches (1974) 115 exemplars
Mister Corbett's Ghost (1969) 100 exemplars
The Golden Shadow (1973) 86 exemplars
The December Rose (1751) 77 exemplars
The Apprentices (1900) 69 exemplars
King Nimrod's Tower (1982) 60 exemplars
Fair's Fair (1981) 52 exemplars
The Ghost Downstairs (1972) 50 exemplars
The Pleasure Garden (1789) 45 exemplars
The Writing on the Wall (1983) 43 exemplars
The King in the Garden (1984) 39 exemplars
The Drummer Boy (1969) 36 exemplars
The Wedding Ghost (1985) 35 exemplars
Revolution! (Lions Tracks) (1975) 30 exemplars
The Empty Sleeve (1988) 27 exemplars
Bostock and Harris (1979) 26 exemplars
The Book Lovers (1976) 26 exemplars
Six Shakespeare Stories (1994) 24 exemplars
The Complete Bostock and Harris (2014) 20 exemplars
The Saracen Maid (1991) 17 exemplars
Guilt and Gingerbread (1984) 17 exemplars
The House of Cards (1982) 17 exemplars
The Stolen Watch (1988) 15 exemplars
The cloak (1976) 12 exemplars
The Confidence Man (1978) 12 exemplars
Hamlet (1992) 11 exemplars
Moss and Blister (1976) 11 exemplars
Young Nick and Jubilee (1989) 10 exemplars
Garfield's Apprentices: Book 1 (1979) 8 exemplars
Baker's dozen: A collection of stories (1973) — Editor — 6 exemplars
Mirror, Mirror (1976) 6 exemplars
The Boy and the Monkey (1969) 6 exemplars
The Lamplighter's Funeral (1976) 4 exemplars
Garfield's Apprentices: Book 4 (1979) 3 exemplars
The Fool (1977) 3 exemplars
Lucifer Wilkins (1973) 3 exemplars
Tom Titmarsh's Devil (1977) 3 exemplars
Garfield's Apprentices: Book 2 (1979) 3 exemplars
Sabre Tooth Sandwich; (1994) 3 exemplars
Rosy Starling (1977) 3 exemplars
Labour in Vain (1977) 2 exemplars
A Swag of Stories (1977) 2 exemplars
The Valentine (1977) 2 exemplars
Dumb Cake (1977) 2 exemplars
A Box Of Rogues (1972) 2 exemplars
The Captain's Watch (1972) 2 exemplars
The Enemy (1978) 1 exemplars
Strange Fish and Other Stories (1974) 1 exemplars
The Filthy Beast (1978) 1 exemplars
Six More Shakespeare Stories (1996) 1 exemplars

Obres associades

Beware! (2002) — Col·laborador — 231 exemplars
The Random House Book of Ghost Stories (1991) — Col·laborador — 135 exemplars
Scary! Stories That Will Make You Scream (1998) — Col·laborador — 84 exemplars
The Illustrated Treasury of Modern Literature for Children (1985) — Col·laborador — 64 exemplars
A Century of Children's Ghost Stories: Tales of Dread and Delight (1995) — Col·laborador — 27 exemplars
Is Anyone There? (1978) — Col·laborador — 27 exemplars
Fantasy Tales (1977) — Col·laborador — 23 exemplars
The Thorny Paradise: Writers on Writing for Children (1975) — Col·laborador — 15 exemplars
Guardian Angels (1987) — Col·laborador — 11 exemplars
Hundreds and Hundreds (1984) — Col·laborador — 8 exemplars
Sketches from "Bleak House" (1983) — Editor — 5 exemplars
YOUNG WINTER'S TALES 4. (1973) — Col·laborador — 2 exemplars


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Richly comic and suitable for adults and older children. One instance of bad language.
wrichard | Hi ha 3 ressenyes més | May 5, 2024 |
Having only recently re-read The Strange Affair of Adelaide Harris (in an ancient, falling-apart paperback), I was more than delighted to discover that there was a sequel I had never heard of, and that they had been published together in this beautiful hardcover edition.

Leon Garfield is a British writer whose books were first published in the 1970s and 1980s. What makes his books unique is their well-realised historical setting. They are mostly set in England in the late 1700s and very early 1800s. It’s delightful to see them reissued in handsome new illustrated editions by the New York Review of Books.

Although all of Garfield’s stories have splendid touches of humour, in the two novels collected here his intent is specifically a humorous one. Both of these stories feature the roguish pair of schoolboy friends Bostock and Harris, who are around 12 to 13 years old. Harris is the leader of the two, unscrupulous, curious and clever; Bostock his slightly dim-witted follower and admirer.

In The Strange Affair of Adelaide Harris, young Harris becomes fascinated by the stories he learns in his Ancient History class about the Spartans exposing their babies on mountainsides, and the legend of Romulus and Remus being suckled by a she-wolf. He decides to test this out by exposing his own baby sister Adelaide.

With Bostock’s always-eager help, they smuggle the baby out of Harris’ house and take her up to a nearby hill, where they deposit her on the grass in a declivity surrounded by bramble bushes. Then they conceal themselves to watch and await the arrival of some wild creature—a vixen, perhaps?—who will come and suckle the child.

Alas for their plans, the baby is stumbled upon instead by Tizzy Alexander, on her way to a tryst with Ralph Bunnion, the son of the school’s headmaster. Tizzy herself is the daughter of the school’s Arithmetic master. What follows is a mounting series of very funny consequences, literally a comedy of errors.

Tizzy spurns her young man and rushes back to the school with the baby in her arms. Her hot-blooded father demands to know what she was doing going to the trysting-place with Ralph. He demands a duel and to his horror is accepted. The baby Adelaide is despatched to a foundling home, and Bostock and Harris make increasingly desperate attempts to retrieve her while chaos reigns at Harris’ home once Adelaide’s disappearance is discovered. Needless to say, Harris does not confess to his part in any of these proceedings. We are introduced to the brooding, club-footed inquiry agent, Mr. Raven, who sets out to discover the truth of what has happened, an inquiry which draws in more and more of the people surrounding these events.

All of this is literally laugh-out-loud funny and hugely enjoyable.

The Night of the Comet, the sequel, has a less involved plot, but is still very amusing. Harris’ intrigues this time centre around acquiring Bostock’s father’s telescope, the better to see the upcoming passage of a comet. In return, Harris promises to secure the affections of his sister Mary, with whom Bostock has become hopelessly enamoured. Needless to say that Mary herself has not been consulted about this. Tangled into all of this is a pair of Irish roof-menders, one of whom is himself pursuing a romantic interest of his own, which appears equally hopeless. As usual, many unintended consequences ensue.

If you enjoy a light-hearted read, and if you’re not put off by the label of ‘children’s literature’, as I really don’t think you should be, I can heartily recommend this volume. And you should chase up Garfield’s other novels, all of which repay reading.
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davidrgrigg | Mar 23, 2024 |
A gruesome story, lit only occasionally by some elegant phrasing.
2wonderY | Hi ha 1 ressenya més | Feb 27, 2024 |
Mustygusher | Dec 19, 2022 |



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