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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 por Leon Garfield

Shakespeare Stories (1985) 696 exemplares
Smith (1967) 518 exemplares
Shakespeare Stories II (1862) 255 exemplares
Black Jack (1968) 188 exemplares
Devil-in-the-Fog (1966) 150 exemplares
The God Beneath the Sea (1970) 147 exemplares
Jack Holborn (1964) 130 exemplares
John Diamond (1980) 126 exemplares
The Sound of Coaches (1974) 115 exemplares
Mister Corbett's Ghost (1969) 102 exemplares
The Golden Shadow (1973) 86 exemplares
The December Rose (1751) 78 exemplares
The Apprentices (1900) 70 exemplares
King Nimrod's Tower (1982) 59 exemplares
Fair's Fair (1981) 52 exemplares
The Ghost Downstairs (1972) 50 exemplares
The Pleasure Garden (1789) 45 exemplares
The Writing on the Wall (1983) 43 exemplares
The King in the Garden (1984) 39 exemplares
The Drummer Boy (1969) 36 exemplares
The Wedding Ghost (1985) 35 exemplares
Revolution! (Lions Tracks) (1975) 30 exemplares
The Empty Sleeve (1988) 27 exemplares
Bostock and Harris (1979) 27 exemplares
The Book Lovers (1976) 26 exemplares
Six Shakespeare Stories (1994) 24 exemplares
The Complete Bostock and Harris (2014) 20 exemplares
The Saracen Maid (1991) 17 exemplares
Guilt and Gingerbread (1984) 17 exemplares
The House of Cards (1982) 17 exemplares
The Stolen Watch (1988) 15 exemplares
The cloak (1976) 12 exemplares
The Confidence Man (1978) 12 exemplares
Hamlet (1992) 11 exemplares
Moss and Blister (1976) 11 exemplares
Young Nick and Jubilee (1989) 10 exemplares
Garfield's Apprentices: Book 1 (1979) 8 exemplares
Baker's dozen: A collection of stories (1973) — Editor — 6 exemplares
Mirror, Mirror (1976) 6 exemplares
The Boy and the Monkey (1969) 6 exemplares
The Lamplighter's Funeral (1976) 4 exemplares
Garfield's Apprentices: Book 4 (1979) 3 exemplares
The Fool (1977) 3 exemplares
Lucifer Wilkins (1973) 3 exemplares
Tom Titmarsh's Devil (1977) 3 exemplares
Garfield's Apprentices: Book 2 (1979) 3 exemplares
Sabre Tooth Sandwich; (1994) 3 exemplares
Rosy Starling (1977) 3 exemplares
Six Apprentices (New Windmills) (1984) 2 exemplares
Labour in Vain (1977) 2 exemplares
A Swag of Stories (1977) 2 exemplares
The Valentine (1977) 2 exemplares
Dumb Cake (1977) 2 exemplares
A Box Of Rogues (1972) 2 exemplares
The Captain's Watch (1972) 2 exemplares
The Enemy (1978) 1 exemplar
The Filthy Beast (1978) 1 exemplar
Six More Shakespeare Stories (1996) 1 exemplar

Associated Works

Beware! (2002) — Contribuidor — 231 exemplares
The Random House Book of Ghost Stories (1991) — Contribuidor — 135 exemplares
Scary! Stories That Will Make You Scream (1998) — Contribuidor — 84 exemplares
The Illustrated Treasury of Modern Literature for Children (1985) — Contribuidor — 64 exemplares
Is Anyone There? (1978) — Contribuidor — 27 exemplares
Fantasy Tales (1977) — Contribuidor — 23 exemplares
The Thorny Paradise: Writers on Writing for Children (1975) — Contribuidor — 15 exemplares
Guardian Angels (1987) — Contribuidor — 12 exemplares
Hundreds and Hundreds (1984) — Contribuidor — 8 exemplares
Sketches from "Bleak House" (1983) — Editor — 5 exemplares
YOUNG WINTER'S TALES 4. (1973) — Contribuidor — 2 exemplares


Conhecimento Comum



Richly comic and suitable for adults and older children. One instance of bad language.
wrichard | 3 outras críticas | 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 crítica | Feb 27, 2024 |
Mustygusher | Dec 19, 2022 |



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