Dates mattered to Rosemary Sutcliff; they matter in history; and in excellent historical fiction like hers. (See post yesterday, building on an article in The Guardian). From year to year she carried foreword notes about addresses, key contacts and the dates of her books, usually in a blue Challenge notebook. This page records the little story books for children that she published with Hamish Hamilton. The notebook is here propped on her writing chair – a Captain’s chair.
categories and books
- Rosemary Sutcliff’s novel of the Peloponnesian War, The Flowers of Adonis, republished by Endeavour Press 2014
- Rosemary Sutcliff wrote monograph about author she loved, Rudyard Kipling
- Geoffrey Trease, writer and playwright, told the people’s stories
- Fellow author Rosemary Sutcliff wrote the postscript to Henry Treece’s The Dream-time: A very special book.
- Author Penelope Lively has a hefty prejudice against historical fiction but reads Rosemary Sutcliff avidly
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- Alkibiades casts a glamour that comes clean down the centuries, a dazzle of personal magnetism that makes it hardtosee the man behind it—RS | 1 hour ago
- "Even allowing that no man is all black & all white, few men can ever have been more wildly & magnificently piebald”!—#RSQuote on Alkibiades | 1 hour ago
- “Being an historical novelist I have felt free to ‘fill in the gaps’ and tidy up a litle here and there”!—#RSQuote re The Flowers of Adonis | 1 hour ago
- Sutcliff reared on Beatrix Potter, A.A. Milne, Charles Dickens, Hans Anderson, Kenneth Grahame & Rudyard Kipling blueremembered.blogspot.co.uk | 1 hour ago
- Rosemary Sutcliff novel The Flowers of Adonis—about Alkibiades—in new ed @NewEndeavours | Here @thetimes in 1969: http://t.co/qjotZIhQR7 | 4 hours ago
- RT @NichollsJill: @rsutcliff @Alex_Austin I find semi colons handy sometimes in the tight squeeze that is twitter! | 20 hours ago
- Stoke Sentinel @SentinelStaffs on @venaportae new album: “collaborative effort (incl @emilybarkerhalo+@domcoyote) works an absolute treat” | 20 hours ago
- And this #RSQuote @Alex_Austin: "There is only one thing worse than writing, and that is not writing” | 20 hours ago
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the guardian, in praise of rosemary sutcliff
Rosemary Sutcliff's 1954 children's classic The Eagle of the Ninth (still in print more than 50 years on) is the first of a series of novels in which Sutcliff, who died in 1992, explored the cultural borderlands between the Roman and the British worlds – "a place where two worlds met without mingling" as she describes the British town to which Marcus, the novel's central character, is posted.
Marcus is a typical Sutcliff hero, a dutiful Roman who is increasingly drawn to the British world of "other scents and sights and sounds; pale and changeful northern skies and the green plover calling". This existential cultural conflict gets even stronger in later books like The Lantern Bearers and Dawn Wind, set after the fall of Rome, and has modern resonance. But Sutcliff was not just a one-trick writer.
The range of her novels spans from the Bronze Age and Norman England to the Napoleonic wars. Two of her best, The Rider of the White Horse and Simon, are set in the 17th century and are marked by Sutcliff's unusually sympathetic (for English historical novelists of her era) treatment of Cromwell and the parliamentary cause. Sutcliff's finest books find liberal-minded members of elites wrestling with uncomfortable epochal changes. From Marcus Aquila to Simon Carey, one senses, they might even have been Guardian readers.