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Dorothy Dunnett (1923–2001)

Autor(a) de The Game of Kings

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About the Author

Dorothy Dunnett was born on August 25, 1923 in Dunfermline, Fife, Scotland. She attended Gillespie's High School for Girls. After graduation she attended Edinburgh College of Art, and transferred, upon her marriage, to Glasgow School of Art. From 1940-1955, she worked for the Civil Service as a mostrar mais press officer. Her first novel, The Game of Kings, was published in the United States in 1961 and in the United Kingdom the year after. During her lifetime, she wrote over 20 books including King Hereafter, the six-part Lymond Chronicles, and the eight-part House of Niccolo series. She was also a professional portrait painter and exhibited at the Royal Scottish Academy. In 1992 she was awarded the Office of the British Empire for services to literature. She died from cancer on November 9, 2001 at the age of 78. (Bowker Author Biography) mostrar menos
Image credit: Photo by Alison Dunnett from DorothyDunnett.co.uk


Obras por Dorothy Dunnett

The Game of Kings (1961) 2,664 exemplares
Queens' Play (1964) 1,414 exemplares
Niccolò Rising (1986) 1,341 exemplares
The Disorderly Knights (1966) 1,205 exemplares
Checkmate (1975) 1,136 exemplares
Pawn in Frankincense (1969) 1,129 exemplares
The Ringed Castle (1971) 1,082 exemplares
The Spring of the Ram (1987) 844 exemplares
King Hereafter (1982) 799 exemplares
Race of Scorpions (1989) 743 exemplares
Scales of Gold (1991) 710 exemplares
The Unicorn Hunt (1993) 665 exemplares
Caprice and Rondo (1997) 633 exemplares
Gemini (2000) 608 exemplares
To Lie with Lions (1995) 595 exemplares

Associated Works

Writers on writing (2002) — Contribuidor — 28 exemplares


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Conhecimento Comum

Data de nascimento
Data de falecimento
Local de nascimento
Dunfermline, Scotland, UK
Local de falecimento
Edinburgh, Scotland, UK
Locais de residência
Edinburgh, Scotland, UK
Gillespie's High School for Girls
press officer
Dunnett, Ninian (son)
Dunnett, Alastair MacTavish (husband)
Edinburgh Festival
Prémios e menções honrosas
Order of the British Empire (Officer)

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According to her fan site, Dorothy Dunnett was pursuing a successful career as a professional portrait painter in the 1950s when she complained to her husband Alastair that she had run out of reading material. He suggested she write something herself. With the erudition and depth of research that was to become her trademark, she spent the next 18 months writing The Game of Kings. It was rejected by 5 British publishers before being published in the USA in 1961 and launching her writing career.




I liked this conclusion to the Lymond Chronicles, which is filled with plenty of adventure and plot twists. I especially liked how the relationship between Francis and Philippa evolved throughout the book. I enjoyed seeing literary cameos of some of my favorite historical figures - Mary Queen of Scots, Elizabeth Tudor, Mary Tudor, Margaret Douglass, Mary of Guise, etc. Overall, this book and the entire series made for good reading and I appreciated the author's deep research into this fascinating era.… (mais)
wagner.sarah35 | 18 outras críticas | Nov 9, 2023 |
This book is really, too much. It is crisply written prose and delightful but honestly the dialogue is completely unbelievable and excessively erudite to a ridiculous degree. It is the baptism by fire for entree into the world of Dorothy Dunnett. If you can make it through this silly book, the rest of the series is great fun and improves exponentially. It is my least favorite of them all and in it I think Dunnett was getting her bearings. Well worth getting through somehow to get to the gold later, but always makes me wonder how many of my friends I can coax through it.... Not many, so far.... but I will keep trying!… (mais)
puabi | 85 outras críticas | Aug 13, 2023 |
This entry in the Johnson Johnson series (aka "Dolly and the Doctor Bird") was a bit too convoluted for me. Despite that, I still could see the guilty party (though I had the wrong motive).
leslie.98 | 3 outras críticas | Jun 27, 2023 |
Not one of the better Johnson Johnson books in my opinion. But for those like myself who have read most of this series, it was interesting to get a little glimpse into his prior life.
leslie.98 | 6 outras críticas | Jun 27, 2023 |



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