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Leon Garfield (1921–1996)

Autor(a) de Shakespeare Stories

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About the Author

Author Leon Garfield was born in Brighton, England on July 14, 1921. When World War II began, he stopped studying art and joined the British Army Medical Corps. While posted in Belgium, he met Vivien Alcock, who would later become his wife as well as a popular children's author. After the war, he mostrar mais worked as a biochemical laboratory technician until the 1960's when he became a full-time writer. He wrote more than thirty books for both children and adults and scripted Shakespeare: The Animated Tales for television. His second book, Devil-in-the-Fog won the first ever Guardian Award and was made into a television series. He also won the Carnegie Medal for The God Beneath the Sea, the Whitbread Award for John Diamond, and the Phoenix Award for Smith. His novel Black Jack was made into a full-length feature film and was the joint winner of the International Jury Award at the 1979 Cannes Film Festival. He died in London on June 2, 1996. (Bowker Author Biography) mostrar menos


Obras de Leon Garfield

Shakespeare Stories (1985) 696 cópias
Smith (1967) 519 cópias
Shakespeare Stories II (1994) 256 cópias
Black Jack (1968) 190 cópias
Devil-in-the-Fog (1966) 149 cópias
The God Beneath the Sea (1970) 147 cópias
Jack Holborn (1964) 131 cópias
John Diamond (1980) 130 cópias
The Sound of Coaches (1974) 115 cópias
Mister Corbett's Ghost (1969) 102 cópias
The Golden Shadow (1973) 86 cópias
The December Rose (1986) 78 cópias
The Apprentices (1978) 72 cópias
King Nimrod's Tower (1982) 59 cópias
Fair's Fair (1981) 52 cópias
The Ghost Downstairs (1972) 51 cópias
The Pleasure Garden (1976) 45 cópias
The Writing on the Wall (1983) 44 cópias
The King in the Garden (1984) 39 cópias
The Drummer Boy (1969) 36 cópias
The Wedding Ghost (1985) 35 cópias
Revolution! (Lions Tracks) (1975) 30 cópias
The Empty Sleeve (1988) 27 cópias
Bostock and Harris (1979) 27 cópias
The Book Lovers (1976) 26 cópias
Six Shakespeare Stories (1994) 24 cópias
The Saracen Maid (1991) 17 cópias
Guilt and Gingerbread (1984) 17 cópias
The House of Cards (1982) 17 cópias
The Stolen Watch (1988) 15 cópias
The cloak (1976) 12 cópias
The Confidence Man (1978) 12 cópias
Hamlet (1992) 11 cópias
Moss and Blister (1976) 11 cópias
Young Nick and Jubilee (1989) 10 cópias
Baker's dozen: A collection of stories (1973) — Editor — 6 cópias
Mirror, Mirror (1976) 6 cópias
The Boy and the Monkey (1969) 6 cópias
The Lamplighter's Funeral (1976) 4 cópias
The Fool (1977) 3 cópias
Lucifer Wilkins (1973) 3 cópias
Tom Titmarsh's Devil (1977) 3 cópias
Sabre Tooth Sandwich; (1994) 3 cópias
Rosy Starling (1977) 3 cópias
Labour in Vain (1977) 2 cópias
A Swag of Stories (1977) 2 cópias
The Valentine (1977) 2 cópias
Dumb Cake (1977) 2 cópias
A Box Of Rogues (1972) 2 cópias
The Captain's Watch (1972) 2 cópias
The Enemy (1978) 1 exemplar(es)
Strange Fish and Other Stories (1974) 1 exemplar(es)
The Filthy Beast (1978) 1 exemplar(es)
Six More Shakespeare Stories (1996) 1 exemplar(es)

Associated Works

Beware! (2002) — Contribuinte — 231 cópias
The Random House Book of Ghost Stories (1991) — Contribuinte — 135 cópias
Scary! Stories That Will Make You Scream (1998) — Contribuinte — 85 cópias
The Illustrated Treasury of Modern Literature for Children (1985) — Contribuinte — 63 cópias
Is Anyone There? (1978) — Contribuinte — 27 cópias
Fantasy Tales (1977) — Contribuinte — 23 cópias
The Thorny Paradise: Writers on Writing for Children (1975) — Contribuinte — 15 cópias
Guardian Angels (1987) — Contribuinte — 12 cópias
Hundreds and Hundreds (1984) — Contribuinte — 8 cópias
Sketches from "Bleak House" (1983) — Editor — 5 cópias
YOUNG WINTER'S TALES 4. (1973) — Contribuinte — 2 cópias


Conhecimento Comum



Richly comic and suitable for adults and older children. One instance of bad language.
wrichard | outras 3 resenhas | May 5, 2024 |
Having only recently re-read The Strange Affair of Adelaide Harris (in an ancient, falling-apart paperback), I was more than delighted to discover that there was a sequel I had never heard of, and that they had been published together in this beautiful hardcover edition.

Leon Garfield is a British writer whose books were first published in the 1970s and 1980s. What makes his books unique is their well-realised historical setting. They are mostly set in England in the late 1700s and very early 1800s. It’s delightful to see them reissued in handsome new illustrated editions by the New York Review of Books.

Although all of Garfield’s stories have splendid touches of humour, in the two novels collected here his intent is specifically a humorous one. Both of these stories feature the roguish pair of schoolboy friends Bostock and Harris, who are around 12 to 13 years old. Harris is the leader of the two, unscrupulous, curious and clever; Bostock his slightly dim-witted follower and admirer.

In The Strange Affair of Adelaide Harris, young Harris becomes fascinated by the stories he learns in his Ancient History class about the Spartans exposing their babies on mountainsides, and the legend of Romulus and Remus being suckled by a she-wolf. He decides to test this out by exposing his own baby sister Adelaide.

With Bostock’s always-eager help, they smuggle the baby out of Harris’ house and take her up to a nearby hill, where they deposit her on the grass in a declivity surrounded by bramble bushes. Then they conceal themselves to watch and await the arrival of some wild creature—a vixen, perhaps?—who will come and suckle the child.

Alas for their plans, the baby is stumbled upon instead by Tizzy Alexander, on her way to a tryst with Ralph Bunnion, the son of the school’s headmaster. Tizzy herself is the daughter of the school’s Arithmetic master. What follows is a mounting series of very funny consequences, literally a comedy of errors.

Tizzy spurns her young man and rushes back to the school with the baby in her arms. Her hot-blooded father demands to know what she was doing going to the trysting-place with Ralph. He demands a duel and to his horror is accepted. The baby Adelaide is despatched to a foundling home, and Bostock and Harris make increasingly desperate attempts to retrieve her while chaos reigns at Harris’ home once Adelaide’s disappearance is discovered. Needless to say, Harris does not confess to his part in any of these proceedings. We are introduced to the brooding, club-footed inquiry agent, Mr. Raven, who sets out to discover the truth of what has happened, an inquiry which draws in more and more of the people surrounding these events.

All of this is literally laugh-out-loud funny and hugely enjoyable.

The Night of the Comet, the sequel, has a less involved plot, but is still very amusing. Harris’ intrigues this time centre around acquiring Bostock’s father’s telescope, the better to see the upcoming passage of a comet. In return, Harris promises to secure the affections of his sister Mary, with whom Bostock has become hopelessly enamoured. Needless to say that Mary herself has not been consulted about this. Tangled into all of this is a pair of Irish roof-menders, one of whom is himself pursuing a romantic interest of his own, which appears equally hopeless. As usual, many unintended consequences ensue.

If you enjoy a light-hearted read, and if you’re not put off by the label of ‘children’s literature’, as I really don’t think you should be, I can heartily recommend this volume. And you should chase up Garfield’s other novels, all of which repay reading.
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davidrgrigg | Mar 23, 2024 |
A gruesome story, lit only occasionally by some elegant phrasing.
2wonderY | 1 outra resenha | Feb 27, 2024 |
Mustygusher | Dec 19, 2022 |



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