Arthur Ransome


Born
in Leeds, The United Kingdom
January 18, 1884

Died
June 03, 1967

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Arthur Michell Ransome was born in Leeds in 1884 and educated in Windermere and Rugby. His family spent their summers at Nibthwaite, to the south of Coniston Water.

In 1902, Ransome abandoned a chemistry degree to become a publisher's office boy in London. He used this precarious existence to practise writing, producing several minor works before Bohemia in London (1907), a study of London's artistic scene and his first significant book.

An interest in folklore, together with a desire to escape an unhappy first marriage, led Ransome to St Petersburg, where he was ideally placed to observe and report on the Russian Revolution. He knew many of the leading Bolsheviks, including Lenin, Radek, Trotsky and the latter's secretary, Evgenia Shvelpina.
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“BETTER DROWNED THAN DUFFERS IF NOT DUFFERS WONT DROWN”
Arthur Ransome, Swallows and Amazons

“You write not for children but for yourself. And if by good fortune children enjoy what you enjoy, why then you are a writer of children's books.”
Arthur Ransome

“Who would wave a flag to be rescued if they had a desert island of their own? That was the thing that spoilt Robinson Crusoe. In the end he came home. There never ought to be an end.”
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  94 votes, 29.1%

The Complete Maus by Art Spiegelman, 1986, 296 pages
 
  80 votes, 24.8%

Shadows on the Rock by Willa Cather, 1931, 229 pages
 
  67 votes, 20.7%

 
  52 votes, 16.1%

Swallows and Amazons by Arthur Ransome, 1930, 315 pages
 
  30 votes, 9.3%

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