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Laurie Lee (1) (1914–1997)

Author of Cider with Rosie

For other authors named Laurie Lee, see the disambiguation page.

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About the Author

Image credit: Photo from 1945 (Poetry since 1939, British Council)

Series

Works by Laurie Lee

Cider with Rosie (1959) 2,615 copies
A Rose for Winter (1970) 368 copies
A Moment of War (1991) 349 copies
I Can't Stay Long (1975) 228 copies
Red Sky at Sunrise (1992) 134 copies
Selected Poems (1983) 47 copies
Two Women (1978) 19 copies
Laurie Lee (Pocket poets) (1960) 18 copies
The Firstborn (1998) 15 copies
Summer: Vintage Minis (2017) 12 copies

Associated Works

The Penguin Book of Contemporary Verse (1950) — Contributor, some editions — 264 copies
A Literary Christmas: An Anthology (2013) — Contributor — 133 copies
An Oxford Book of Christmas Stories (1986) — Contributor — 68 copies
Round the Christmas Fire: Festive Stories (2013) — Contributor — 33 copies
Light on a Dark Horse (1951) — Foreword, some editions — 30 copies
The Penguin New Writing No. 31 (1947) — Contributor — 12 copies
A Vintage Christmas (Vintage Minis) (2018) — Contributor — 9 copies
Cider with Rosie [1998 film] (1998) — Author — 7 copies
The Penguin New Writing No. 23 (1942) — Contributor — 6 copies
The Penguin New Writing No. 28 (1946) — Contributor — 5 copies
The Penguin New Writing No. 18 (1943) — Contributor — 5 copies
Modern Short Stories in English (Literature for Life) (1993) — Contributor — 4 copies
Cotswold Ballads. (1969) — Foreword — 3 copies
The Penguin New Writing No. 8 (1941) — Contributor — 3 copies
The Penguin New Writing No. 21 (1944) — Contributor — 2 copies

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Common Knowledge

Legal name
Lee, Laurence Edward Alan
Birthdate
1914-06-26
Date of death
1997-05-13
Burial location
Holy Trinity, Slad, Gloucestershire, England, UK
Gender
male
Nationality
UK
Country (for map)
England, UK
Birthplace
Uplands, Stroud, Gloucestershire, England, UK
Place of death
Slad, Gloucestershire, England, UK
Places of residence
Uplands, Stroud, Gloucestershire, England, UK (birth)
Slad, Gloucestershire, England, UK (death)
Spain
Education
Central Boys' School, Stroud, England, UK
Occupations
poet
novelist
autobiographer
journalist
script writer
Relationships
Mansell, Frank (friend)
Smith, Emma (secretary, protégé)
David, Julian (son-in-law)
Lee, Jessy (daughter)
Organizations
International Brigades
Awards and honors
Member of the Order of the British Empire (1952)
Short biography
Laurie Lee was born and raised in a rural part of England in a bygone era of innocence and simplicity, which he lovingly described in his most famous work, an autobiographical trilogy consisting of Cider with Rosie (1959), As I Walked Out One Midsummer Morning (1969) and A Moment of War (1991). Cider with Rosie continues to be one of the most popular books in Britain, and is sometimes used as a school text in English literature. He fought on the Republican side in the Spanish Civil War, and during World War II he made documentary films for the UK government. Before devoting himself entirely to writing in 1951, Lee worked as a journalist and as a scriptwriter. In 1950 he married Catherine Francesca Polge and the couple had one daughter, Jessy.

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BRITISH AUTHOR CHALLENGE - SEPTEMBER 2016 - LESSING & LEE in 75 Books Challenge for 2016 (December 2016)
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Reviews

Hmm.
This seems to be one of those books that people remember with affection but if they read it today with fresh eyes, they might view some aspects of it differently.
 
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anzlitlovers | 55 other reviews | Jan 13, 2024 |
Glorious use of the language, and such a tragic story. Laurie Lee is one of the finest exponents of English whom I've read. One of those books that its worth reading for the language, let alone the subject matter.
 
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Works
36
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16
Members
5,301
Popularity
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Rating
3.9
Reviews
119
ISBNs
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Languages
13
Favorited
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