Posted in Books and Stories, tagged books, titles on February 26, 2014 |
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HELP PLEASE and QUESTIONS!
Here is list of all the 36 Rosemary Sutcliff titles that I think are available new in printed editions in or from the UK. (The original year of publication in the UK is in brackets). These involve 36 different ‘stories’: The Arthurian Trilogy combines three separate titles that are also available separately; and Eagle’s Honour combines two stories which were originally published separately, but are now not separately available.
Is it accurate? Do tell me what should or should not be there, in your view, with evidence! Please also share with others you think know or might be interested – especially those booksellers out there!
Also, I have a question: if I decide to link books mentioned on this list with an appropriate online bookseller, what should I use? I am not minded to help UK-tax-avoiding Amazon, although I do use it myself at times ….
- BEOWULF: DRAGON SLAYER (1961), Random House
- BLACK SHIPS BEFORE TROY (1993), Frances Lincoln
- BLOOD FEUD (1976), Random House (Print on Demand – PoD)
- BLUE REMEMBERED HILLS (1983), Slightly Foxed
- BONNIE DUNDEE (1983), Random House (PoD)
- BROTHER DUSTY-FEET (1952), Random House
- CAPRICORN BRACELET (1973), Random House
- DAWN WIND (1961), OUP
- EAGLE’S HONOUR (1995) (Contains A Circlet of Oak Leaves, and Eagle’s Egg), Random House
- FLAME-COLOURED TAFFETA (1986), Random House
- FRONTIER WOLF (1980), Random House (PoD)
- KNIGHT’S FEE (1960), Random House
- OUTCAST (1955), OUP
- SIMON (1953), Random House (PoD)
- SONG FOR A DARK QUEEN (1978), Random House (PoD)
- SUN HORSE, MOON HORSE (1977), Random House
- SWORD AT SUNSET (1963), Atlantic Books
- SWORD SONG (1997), Random House
- THE ARMOURER’S HOUSE (1951), Random House
- THE ARTHUR TRILOGY (Binding together 25, 28, 31), Random House
- THE CHRONICLES OF ROBIN HOOD (1950), Random House (PoD)
- THE EAGLE OF THE NINTH (1954), OUP
- THE HIGH DEEDS OF FINN MACCOOL (1967), Random House
- THE HOUND OF ULSTER (1963), Random House
- THE LANTERN BEARERS (1959), OUP
- THE LIGHT BEYOND THE FOREST (1979), Random House
- THE MARK OF THE HORSE LORD (1965), Random House
- THE MINSTREL AND THE DRAGON PUP (1993), Walker Books
- THE ROAD TO CAMLAAN (1981, Random House
- THE SHINING COMPANY (1990), Random House
- THE SILVER BRANCH (1957), OUP
- THE SWORD AND THE CIRCLE (1979) , Random House
- THE WANDERINGS OF ODYSSEUS (1995), Frances Lincoln
- THE WITCH’S BRAT (1970), Random House (PoD)
- TRISTAN AND ISEULT (1971), Random House (PoD)
- WARRIOR SCARLET (1957), Random House (PoD)
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Oyster in New York claims that it offers “unlimited access to over 100,000 books for $9.95 a month, with new titles added all the time.”
Of Rosemary Sutcliff’s Sword at Sunset they post:
This brilliant Arthurian epic cuts through the mists of pagan, early Christian, and medieval splendors that have gathered about the subject and tells the authentic story of the man who may well have been the real King Arthur—Artos the Bear, the mighty warrior-king who saved the last lights of Western civilization when the barbarian darkness descended in the fifth century.
Presenting early Britain as it was after the departure of the Romans—no Round Table, no many-towered Camelot—the setting is a hard, savage land, half-civilized, half-pagan, where a few men struggled to forge a nation and hold back the Saxon scourge. Richly detailed, the story chronicles the formation of a great army, the hardships of winter quarters, the primitive wedding feasts, the pagan fertility rites, the agonies of surgery after battle, the thrilling stag hunts, and the glorious processions of the era. Stripped of the chivalric embellishments that the French applied to British history centuries ago, the Arthurian age here emerges as a time when men stood at the precipice of history—a time of transition and changing values and imminent national peril.
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Since I am a writer, not an historian, I will sacrifice historical accuracy. I really very seldom have to do it, and then it is only a matter of perhaps reversing the order of two events, or something like that. But if it does come to the crunch, I will choose a good story over absolute historical accuracy.
Source: Interview with Rosemary Sutcliff by Raymond H Thompson (here, on this blog)
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From Rosemary Sutcliff’s German publisher, Verlag Urachhaus, a brief biography:
Rosemary Sutcliff wurde am 14. Dezember 1920 in England geboren und starb am 23. Juli 1992.
Sie besuchte eine Kunstschule und arbeitete zunächst als Malerin, bis sie Mitte der vierziger Jahre zum Schreiben fand.
Trotz ihrer starken Behinderung durch die Still’sche Krankheit, an der sie seit ihrem zweiten Lebensjahr litt, pflegte sie von jedem ihrer Romane wenigstens drei handgeschriebene Entwürfe anzufertigen, ehe sie mit ihrer Arbeit zufrieden war.
Intensiv an Geschichte, besonders derjenigen Großbritanniens, interessiert und im Erzählen hoch begabt, hat sich Rosemary Sutcliff mit ihren Kinder- und Jugendbüchern zu historischen Themen weit über England hinaus einen Namen gemacht.
Ihre Bücher sind in vielen Sprachen erschienen und mehrfach ausgezeichnet worden. 1975 erhielt sie als geniale und kompromisslose Chronistin den Orden des British Empire für ihre herausragenden Verdienste um die Jugendliteratur.
Als die englische Originalausgabe vom Lied für eine dunkle Königin (Song for a Dark Queen) 1978 erschien, wurde sie mit dem feministischen Literaturpreis The Other Award ausgezeichnet.
Für Morgenwind (Dawn Wind) erhielt Rosemary Sutcliff den begehrten New York Herald Tribune Preis.
Im März 2000 stellte Jean-Claude Lin Rosemary Sutcliff in dem Lebensmagazin a tempo vor und im Februar 2009 schrieb Ute Hallaschka in der Rubrik weiterkommen über Ein Leseleben mit Rosemary Sutcliff.
Source here: Verlag Urachhaus website
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Posted in Arthurian, Autobiography & Biography, Criticism, Research, and Reviews, Influence and Inspiration, Newspapers, tagged Arthurian, books, Carnegie Medal, children's literature, historical fiction, Romans, young adult fiction on January 23, 2014 |
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Let us not be solemn about the death of Rosemary Sutcliff CBE, who has died suddenly, aged 72, despite the progressively wasting Still’s disease that had been with her since the age of two. She was impish, almost irreverent sometimes, in her approach to life. Her favourite author was Kipling and she once told me she had a great affection for The Elephant’s Child – because his first action with his newly acquired trunk was to spank his insufferably interfering relations.
But it was Kipling’s deep communion with the Sussex countryside and its history that was her true inspiration. Settled as an adult in Arundel, Rosemary shared with him his love for his county as well as his vision of successive generations living in and leaving their mark upon the landscape.
Rosemary Sutcliff, at the peak of her form in her ‘Roman’ novels, was without doubt an historical writer of genius, and recognised internationally as such. (more…)
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Alkibiades, the hero of Rosemary Sutcliff’s novel The Flowers of Adonis, was one of the more enigmatic figures of Greek history. When this historical novel ‘for adults’ was published in 1969 by Hodder and Stoughton (costing 35 shillings in old money), Rosemary was inteviewed by The Times newspaper (Oct 27, 1969).
I was trained at art school, but then the desire to scribble came over me. I got my interest in history from my mother who had a sort of minstrel’s, rather than historian’s knowledge. Inaccurate, but full of colourful legend. I disliked history at school ….
… They do say that to be a successful children’s writer one has to have a large lump of unlived childhood in one. I certainly think I have that.
You have to show children that good does overcome evil, but that does not necessarily mean that the old lady you helped then pays for your ballet lessons! The satisfaction should just be coming from the fact that you have done right.
… It is easier to give a book a historical setting, because children will take things happening then rather than right on their own doorsteps now.
Source: The Times, Oct 27, 1969, p6.
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