Before my mother stopped her (to keep all her papers in one place), Rosemary Sutcliff happily responded ad hoc to speculative letters asking for research notes and other papers connected with her historical novels and children’s books. So this collection at the University of Southern Mississippi includes notes in her trademark red notebooks. Interestingly the reference refers not only to The Lantern Bearers, but to notes for books called The Red Dragon and The Amber Dolphin, as well as notes on several other topics. There never were published books with those titles. The collection also contains a manuscript and two typescripts for the radio play The New Laird. The programme was taped on April 4, 1966, and broadcast from Edinburgh on May 17, 1966 as part of the Stories from Scottish History series. (I note that the library has not bothered with making accurate and up-to-date their brief paragraphs on her life … )
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- Sunday Times writer Sally Hawkins chooses Rosemary Sutcliff historical novel The Eagle of the Ninth as the book that changed her life
- Today, the anniversary of national memorial service for Rosemary Sutcliff (Nov 4th, 1992) | Recorded in Times & Telegraph
- One source of inspiration for David Mitchell’s The Bone Clocks: Rosemary Sutcliff’s The Lantern Bearers
- Rosemary Sutliff’s prose was “always characterised by compassion”.
- ‘That’s not a sand-castle,’ said the busy child on the beach, ‘I’m building a temple to Mithras.’ | After reading Rosemary Sutcliff
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- Intrigued by @BBCDouglasF, I find 'stairheid rammy’ was once a frank exchange of views over noise/mess on stairs of a Glasgow tenement flat! | 10 hours ago
- Did George R R Martin read The Eagle of the Ninth before embarking on Game of Thrones? rosemarysutcliff.com/2014/11/23/sun… | 11 hours ago
- .@wa7trel tells @ColleenLindsay 4 #ReaderThanksDay <the (book of) biggest impact on me was probably Rosemary Sutcliff's Eagle of the Ninth> | 11 hours ago
- Yay indeed @ajr595 as you learn @Joannechocolat's “always” a Sutcliff fan. & Rosemary (d.1992) would’ve loved Vianne, Anouk & Pantoufle. | 11 hours ago
- RT @Joannechocolat: Today, the Shed is in mist so thick that even Time has lost its way, and the secret path is teeming with the ghosts of… | 11 hours ago
- The Pope in inspiring form about the dignity of every person and the importance of community. news.va/en/news/pope-f… | 12 hours ago
- @YouGov Think something wrong with a survey question just now 10.50ish,UK? (Am ‘member’) http://t.co/2lxS9fvuTP | 13 hours ago
- Am honour bound to note that I doubt one-nation-Tory @Telegraph-reading Rosemary Sutcliff wld’ve wanted Cameron or the Conservatives to go. | 3 days ago
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- The Girl I Kissed at Clusium | Roman legion marching Song by Rosemary Sutcliff | Quoted by Falco novelist Lindsey Davis
- International Arsenal footballer Sol Campbell recommends | Rosemary Sutcliff re-telling of Beowulf
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.