Search Site
This site uses cookies to deliver our services, improve performance, for analytics, and (if not signed in) for advertising. By using LibraryThing you acknowledge that you have read and understand our Terms of Service and Privacy Policy. Your use of the site and services is subject to these policies and terms.

Leon Garfield (1921–1996)

Author of Shakespeare Stories

Includes the names: Leon Garfield, Léon Garfield, Garfield Léon, Mr Leon Garfield, Garfield Léon

MembersReviewsPopularityRatingFavorited   Events   
3,274 (3,809)406,648 (4)60
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 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)
— biography from Shakespeare Stories
… (more)
Shakespeare Stories 563 copies, 4 reviews
Smith 453 copies, 9 reviews
Black Jack 164 copies, 3 reviews
The God Beneath the Sea 132 copies, 1 review
Devil-in-the-Fog 131 copies, 1 review
John Diamond 115 copies, 2 reviews
Jack Holborn 112 copies, 1 review
The Sound of Coaches 102 copies, 2 reviews
The Golden Shadow 78 copies, 1 review
The Apprentices 62 copies
King Nimrod's Tower 55 copies, 1 review
Fair's Fair 39 copies
The Pleasure Garden 38 copies, 1 review
The Drummer Boy 33 copies
The King in the Garden 31 copies, 1 review
The Book Lovers 25 copies
Revolution! 16 copies, 1 review
The Stolen Watch 12 copies, 1 review
The cloak 10 copies
Rosy Starling 2 copies
The Fool 2 copies
Dumb Cake 1 copy
The Enemy 1 copy
Beware!: R.L. Stine Picks His Favorite Scary Stories (Contributor) 189 copies, 4 reviews
The Random House Book of Ghost Stories (Contributor) 111 copies, 2 reviews
Is Anyone There? (Contributor) 26 copies
Fantasy Tales (Contributor) 22 copies
Guardian Angels (Contributor) 11 copies
Hundreds and Hundreds (Contributor) 7 copies
Sketches from "Bleak House" (Editor) 5 copies
YOUNG WINTER'S TALES 4. (Contributor) 2 copies

Leon Garfield has 1 past event. (show)

You must log in to edit Common Knowledge data.
For more help see the Common Knowledge help page.
Canonical name
Legal name
Other names
Date of birth
Date of death
Burial location
Country (for map)
Place of death
Cause of death
Places of residence
Awards and honors
Short biography
Disambiguation notice

Member ratings

Average: (4)
0.5 1
1 1
1.5 3
2 21
2.5 3
3 56
3.5 25
4 129
4.5 17
5 122

Improve this author

Combine/separate works

Author division

Leon Garfield is currently considered a "single author." If one or more works are by a distinct, homonymous authors, go ahead and split the author.


Leon Garfield is composed of 6 names. You can examine and separate out names.

Combine with…


About | Contact | Privacy/Terms | Help/FAQs | Blog | Store | APIs | TinyCat | Legacy Libraries | Early Reviewers | Common Knowledge | 170,096,163 books! | Top bar: Always visible