Melvyn Bragg


Born
in Carlisle (Cumberland), The United Kingdom
October 06, 1939


Melvyn Bragg, Baron Bragg, FRSL, FRTS (born 6 October 1939) is an English author, broadcaster and media personality who, aside from his many literary endeavours, is perhaps most recognised for his work on The South Bank Show.

Bragg is a prolific novelist and writer of non-fiction, and has written a number of television and film screenplays. Some of his early television work was in collaboration with Ken Russell, for whom he wrote the biographical dramas The Debussy Film (1965) and Isadora Duncan, the Biggest Dancer in the World (1967), as well as Russell's film about Tchaikovsky, The Music Lovers (1970). He is president of the National Academy of Writing. His 2008 novel, Remember Me is a largely autobiographical story.

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The Adventure of English: T...

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The Soldier's Return

3.67 avg rating — 506 ratings — published 1999 — 22 editions
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Credo

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Richard Burton: A Life

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Grace and Mary

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12 Books That Changed the W...

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A Time To Dance

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Now is the Time

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A Son of War

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The Book of Books: A Biogra...

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“The masculine pronouns are he, his and him But imagine the feminine she, shis and shim! So our English, I think you’ll all agree Is the trickiest language you ever did see.”
Melvyn Bragg, The Adventure of English: The Biography of a Language

“Shakespeare shoved into bed together words that scarcely knew each other before, had never even been introduced.”
Melvyn Bragg, The Adventure Of English

“America became very confident in its own English language. A witty resolution was proposed in the House of Representatives in 1820 suggesting they educate the English in their own language: Whereas the House of Representatives in common with the people of America is justly proud of its admirable native tongue and regards this most expressive and energetic language as one of the best of its birthrights . . . Resolved, therefore, that the nobility and gentry of England be courteously invited to send their elder sons and such others as may be destined to appear as politic speakers in Church and State to America for their education . . . [and after due instruction he suggested that they be given] certificates of their proficiency in the English tongue.”
Melvyn Bragg, The Adventure of English: The Biography of a Language



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