Sad day today December 8th, my birthday, for until 1992 I always spoke with Rosemary Sutcliff: my good fortune and privilege was that she was my godmother (and indeed my first cousin once removed). Her own birthday is coming this week. It is Dec 14th.
categories and books
- 2 film screenplays which Rosemary Sutcliff helped film director Stephen Weeks with
- The distinctive features of Rosemary Sutcliff’s writing plus a ministrel’s magic
- What do readers think is the best book by Rosemary Sutcliff, and why
- On telling fairy tales
- In Praise of Rosemary Sutcliff, historical novelist and writer for children| An editorial in The Guardian newspaper
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- @emilbordon @linneatanner Yes, a treat in store discovering Rosemary Sutcliff (but NB no E!) rosemarysutcliff.com/latest-summary… http://t.co/0hNMXqxRlo | 10 hours ago
- @sapapin But till now I’ve always found it pretty instant in beginning to count? Posts from couple hours ago still showing zero! | 10 hours ago
- .@JoshMacAlister Founder Toynbee Hall Sett’ment—future elite come "to learn as much as to teach; to receive as much to give" = @FrontlineSW? | 10 hours ago
- .@JoshMacAlister Included London Toynbee Hall, Mary Ward Settlement, Manchester Settlement, Bristol (now Barton Hill) http://t.co/FzMcyYqm62 | 10 hours ago
- .@JoshMacAlister Settlement Movement (& Settlement Houses) from late 1880s. Response to urban poverty: Elite living with/learning from poor. | 10 hours ago
- Idea emerged yday + @JoshMacAlister that @FrontlineSW @TeachFirst are some of descendants of Victorian Settlement philosophy @localitynews | 11 hours ago
- @JoshMacAlister Good to learn of @thefrontlinesw yday. See windsor-fellowship.org (altho’ seems moved along from 1980s!) (from AG Lawton) | 11 hours ago
- @twitter @TwitterUK Problem with view-counting? Stopped to day, even though this tweet has been responded to! http://t.co/E8ekA4y8tQ | 11 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.