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About meArthur Michell Ransome (18 January 1884–3 June 1967). "I seem to have lived not one life but snatches from a dozen different lives". Bohemian, literary critic, sailor, fisherman, chess-player, and author of fairy-tales and folk-tales. Foreign correspondent and witness to the Soviet revolution, suspected by some in the UK and US governments of being a Bolshevik. A go-between between the Soviet government and the newly-independent Estonian government during the Russian civil war, and eventually husband of Trotsky's secretary. His politics: "Fishing". Scotland Yard and MI5 eventually decided that, for their purposes, he was "one who reports what he sees, but as one who does not always see straight" (MI5 file, 1927). But then, they never got his name right, so what did they know? Only later did he start on the careers for which he is mainly known now, as a writer about fishing and sailing, and the author of one of the best-loved children's series in the English language.
About my libraryArthur Ransome (AR) lost his first library, built up during his London years, as a result of his divorce from his first wife. A number of titles are mentioned in his works, but for the most part this library is a closed book.
Favorite authorsLascelles Abercrombie, Sergei Aksakov, Ivor Brown, E. Keble Chatterton, W. G. Collingwood, Francis B. Cooke, Gerald Durrell, Peter Fleming, Uffa Fox, R. Austin Freeman, Mary Agnes Hamilton, William Hazlitt, Henrik Ibsen, E. F. Knight, Eric Linklater, Hugh Lofting, John Masefield, Georges Simenon, G. E. M. Skues, Eric Taverner, R. C. Trevelyan, P. G. Wodehouse (Shared favorites)
Real nameArthur Ransome
Member sinceMar 9, 2013