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Ronald Blythe (1922–2023)

Autor(a) de Akenfield: Portrait of an English Village

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About the Author

Ronald Blythe is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature and President of the John Clare, Robert Kilvert and Robert Bloomfield Societies


Obras por Ronald Blythe

The Pleasures of Diaries (1989) 62 exemplares
Characters and Their Landscapes (1983) 38 exemplares
The Bookman's Tale (2009) 37 exemplares
Divine Landscapes (1986) 34 exemplares
The Penguin Book of Diaries (1991) — Editor — 34 exemplares
Places: An Anthology of Britain (1981) 29 exemplares
Writers at home : National Trust studies (1985) — Contribuidor — 28 exemplares
At the yeoman's house (2011) 20 exemplares
A Year at Bottengoms Farm (2006) 19 exemplares
First Friends (1997) 18 exemplares
The Stories of Ronald Blythe (1985) 16 exemplares
England: The Four Seasons (1996) 14 exemplares
Talking to the Neighbours (2002) 11 exemplares
Aftermath (2010) 10 exemplares
Borderland: A Country Diary (2005) 9 exemplares
A Writer's Day-Book (2007) 8 exemplares
Under a Broad Sky (2013) 7 exemplares
A Treasonable Growth (1960) 7 exemplares
The Assassin (2004) 6 exemplares
Aldeburgh anthology; (1972) 5 exemplares
A River Diary (2008) 5 exemplares
From the Headlands (1982) 5 exemplares
Field Work: Selected Essays (2007) 5 exemplares
Forever Wormingford (2017) 2 exemplares
Village Hours (2012) 1 exemplar
A Country Boy 1 exemplar
In Praise of Essex (1988) 1 exemplar

Associated Works

Emma (1815) — Editor, algumas edições37,882 exemplares
A Morte de Ivan Ilitch (1886) — Introdução, algumas edições5,405 exemplares
A Month in the Country (1980) — Introdução, algumas edições2,297 exemplares
On the Pleasure of Hating (2004) — Editor, algumas edições647 exemplares
Selected Writings (Oxford World's Classics) (1991) — Editor, algumas edições240 exemplares
The English Landscape: Its Character and Diversity (1700) — Contribuidor — 76 exemplares
The Third Ghost Book (1955) — Contribuidor — 56 exemplares
The Fourth Ghost Book (1965) — Contribuidor, algumas edições25 exemplares
A Distant Cry: Stories from East Anglia (2002) — Contribuidor — 12 exemplares
Cedric Morris: Artist Plantsman — Contribuidor — 5 exemplares
Unlikely ghosts, (1969) — Contribuidor — 5 exemplares
New World Writing 18 (1961) — Contribuidor — 3 exemplares


Conhecimento Comum



This is notable to me only for its inclusion (among works by forty writers) of one of the last pieces written by Barbara Pym before her death, A Year in West Oxfordshire. However clearly a sweet volume carefully compiled.
therebelprince | Oct 24, 2023 |
This is a pen-portrait of a Suffolk village in the late 1960s. As well as an introduction to the village, its population and working life, the author includes descriptions of many of the people who live in the village, from farm-workers to teachers, blacksmiths to retired army captains, thatchers and shepherds to farmers and members of the Women's Institute, plus other important characters like the district nurse, the vet, the magistrate and the gravedigger.
Blythe's descriptions of the characters of village life are often two-tone, which is to say that he provides a narrative about how the person fits in to village life and what sort of person they are, and that is followed by a passage, reportage-style, in their own words, of that person's thoughts and views on their lives and their place in society.
Taken together, these two styles of narrative make interesting reading, as this collection of rural voices make themselves heard via an introductory piece by the author about their position and status in the village.
This is a lovely portrayal of rural life in East Anglia midway through the last century.
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SunnyJim | 17 outras críticas | Jun 30, 2023 |
Wonderful book. So many insights to Suffolk village life between the wars. The remnants of the feudal system; deference of the working class, arrogance of the landed class. At times brutal and unsympathetic. Suffolk folk were tradionally reluctant to express true feelings but these characters so insightful and articulate. Reminded me of Dad's suspicion of middle-class professional newcomers to the village! Destroys the illusion of a golden age of village life. But so many memorable characters and stories.… (mais)
BobCurry | 17 outras críticas | Jun 13, 2023 |
Blythe’s title implies a unifying theme behind his choice of subjects, but I felt that the book remained a collection of separate essays on characters whose connection, beyond celebrity in the period in question, is left to the reader to discern. Something of the spirit of Auden’s “September 1, 1939” here—-“the clever hopes expire/Of a low dishonest decade,” but much as I enjoyed Blythe’s wit and style in these little vignettes I would have appreciated a somewhat larger canvas.
booksaplenty1949 | 2 outras críticas | Nov 4, 2022 |



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