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William Sansom (1912–1976)

Autor(a) de The Body

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Obras por William Sansom

The Body (1949) 56 exemplares
Victorian Life in Photographs (1974) 47 exemplares
A Book of Christmas (1968) 41 exemplares
The Face of Innocence (1952) 31 exemplares
Proust and His World (1973) 29 exemplares
The Stories of William Sansom (1963) 26 exemplares
South (1952) 25 exemplares
Proust (Literary Lives Series) (1986) 25 exemplares
Selected Short Stories (1960) 19 exemplares
Various temptations [short story] (1948) 15 exemplares
Westminster in War (1947) 13 exemplares
Fireman Flower and Other Stories (1952) 13 exemplares
Modern Short Stories 2: 1940-1980 (1982) — Contribuidor — 12 exemplares
Penguin Modern Stories 1 (1969) — Contribuidor — 11 exemplares
Three (1946) 10 exemplares
A Touch Of The Sun (1952) 9 exemplares
The Loving Eye (1956) 9 exemplares
Blue Skies, Brown Studies (1961) 8 exemplares
Away to It All (1964) 7 exemplares
Goodbye (1966) 7 exemplares
A Bed of Roses (2011) 6 exemplares
The Cautious Heart (1958) 6 exemplares
A Contest of Ladies (1956) 5 exemplares
The Passionate North 5 exemplares
A Woman Seldom Found 5 exemplares
The Last Hours of Sandra Lee (1961) 4 exemplares
The Icicle and the Sun (1975) 4 exemplares
A Young Wife's Tale (1974) 4 exemplares
The Marmalade Bird (1973) 4 exemplares
Ulcerated Milkman (1979) 4 exemplares
Grand Tour Today (1968) 4 exemplares
The Vertical Ladder (1969) 3 exemplares
Lord love us 3 exemplares
The Bay of Naples 3 exemplares
The Long Sheet (1941) 3 exemplares
Pleasures Strange and Simple (1953) 2 exemplares
The Equilibriad 2 exemplares
Hans Feet in Love (1971) 2 exemplares
The Birth of a Story (1972) 2 exemplares
Svartsjuka 1 exemplar
The Kiss 1 exemplar

Associated Works

The Weird: A Compendium of Strange and Dark Stories (2011) — Contribuidor — 822 exemplares
The Oxford Book of Short Stories (1981) — Contribuidor — 514 exemplares
The World of the Short Story: A 20th Century Collection (1986) — Contribuidor — 463 exemplares
Timeless Stories for Today and Tomorrow (1952) — Contribuidor — 438 exemplares
75 Short Masterpieces: Stories from the World's Literature (1961) — Contribuidor — 298 exemplares
Gregorius (2004) — Introdução, algumas edições219 exemplares
Black Water 2: More Tales of the Fantastic (1990) — Contribuidor — 152 exemplares
The Oxford Book of Travel Stories (1996) — Contribuidor — 74 exemplares
The Oxford Book of Twentieth-Century Ghost Stories (1996) — Contribuidor — 70 exemplares
The Second Pan Book of Horror Stories (1960) — Contribuidor — 67 exemplares
Chamber of Horrors: Great Tales of Terror and the Supernatural (1984) — Contribuidor — 65 exemplares
The Seventh Pan Book of Horror Stories (1966) — Contribuidor — 61 exemplares
65 Great Tales of the Supernatural (1979) — Contribuidor — 60 exemplares
Stories of the Supernatural (1967) — Contribuidor — 55 exemplares
Strangeness (1977) — Contribuidor — 52 exemplares
The Fourth Pan Book of Horror Stories (1963) — Contribuidor — 48 exemplares
London Tales of Terror (1972) — Contribuidor — 26 exemplares
The Fourth Ghost Book (1965) — Contribuidor, algumas edições25 exemplares
Lie Ten Nights Awake: Ten Tales of Horror (1967) — Contribuidor — 20 exemplares
Tales of Love and Horror (1961) — Contribuidor — 16 exemplares
Famous Tales of the Fantastic (1965) — Contribuidor — 13 exemplares
New World Writing: Fourth Mentor Selection (1953) — Contribuidor — 13 exemplares
The Penguin New Writing No. 31 (1947) — Contribuidor — 12 exemplares
The Penguin New Writing No. 36 (1949) — Contribuidor — 11 exemplares
The Penguin New Writing No. 27 (1946) — Contribuidor — 11 exemplares
The Harlot Killer (1953) 9 exemplares
England forteller : britiske og irske noveller (1970) — Contribuidor — 9 exemplares
Various Temptations (1948) — Contribuidor — 7 exemplares
Ghosts in Country Houses (1981) — Contribuidor — 5 exemplares
Copenhagen: A Book of Photographs (1966) — Introdução — 4 exemplares
Thrillers, Chillers & Killers (1979) — Contribuidor — 4 exemplares
At Close of Eve: An Anthology of New Curious Stories (1947) — Contribuidor — 4 exemplares
Short Fiction: Shape and Substance (1971) — Contribuidor — 3 exemplares
Tredive mesterfortællinger — Autor, algumas edições3 exemplares
Stories of Horror and Suspense: An Anthology (1977) — Contribuidor — 2 exemplares
The Penguin New Writing No. 21 (1944) — Contribuidor — 2 exemplares
Who's Zoo — Ilustrador — 2 exemplares
New Writing and Daylight : Summer 1943 — Contribuidor — 2 exemplares
Stories of the Macabre (1976) — Contribuidor — 1 exemplar
Gala day London — Contribuidor — 1 exemplar
The Mandrake Root: An Anthology of Fantastic Tales (2012) — Contribuidor — 1 exemplar
Modern Choice 2 — Contribuidor — 1 exemplar
Mystery and Suspense — Contribuidor — 1 exemplar
Stories of Adolescence (1979) — Contribuidor — 1 exemplar


Conhecimento Comum

Data de nascimento
Data de falecimento
Local de nascimento
Camberwell, London, England, UK
Local de falecimento
London, England, UK
Locais de residência
Bonn, Germany
Uppingham School
short-story writer
travel writer
Rosoman, Leonard (friend)
National Fire Service
Prémios e menções honrosas
Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature

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British short-story writer and novelist, born in Camberwell, London, educated at Uppingham School. He joined the National Fire Service at the outbreak of war and witnessed the bombing raids on London. At the time, he contributed short stories to New Writing and Horizon. Many of the stories in his first collection, Fireman Flower (1944), display documentary realism, while others are in the surreal vein of Kafka. The stories tend to evoke a drab, seedy post-war London, and often reproduce the distortion of perception suffered by those under severe stress. Among other collections of stories are South (1948), The Passionate North (1950), and The Stories of William Sansom (1963), with an introduction by Elizabeth Bowen. His novels include The Body (1949), a tour de force which plunges the reader into the deranged mind of a married middle-aged barber consumed with obsessive jealousy; A Bed of Roses (1954); The Loving Eye (1956); The Cautious Heart (1958); and The Last Hours of Sandra Lee (1961). He also wrote Westminster in War (1947), and the travel books Away to It All (1964) and Grand Tour Today (1968).

Read more: William Sansom (William Norman Trevor Sansom) Biography - (1912–76), (William Norman Trevor Sansom), New Writing, Horizon, Fireman Flower, South, The Passionate North http://www.jrank.org/literature/pages...).html#ixzz0jtin2Ug4



THE DEEP ONES: "The Long Sheet" by William Sansom em The Weird Tradition (Novembro 2023)


The breadth of this collection is difficult to describe. I think I may have read all of one Sansom story before this. How do you describe a collection that includes a terrifying billiards game with a madman that leads to meeting one's future fiancee, a man facing an escaped lion, a country walk turned bad, stray dogs (these are the protagonists) in Tuscany, a lover with a strange gift, an estranged couple spending a terrifying night in a stone quarry, and firemen saving a cat from a tree?

Somebody mentioned Sansom as Aickmanesque and he was also known during his time as "the British Kafka." Neither of these does him justice. The Kafka thing I just don't get at all except that at times his characters are unnamed and somewhat faceless. However there is an Aickmanesque quality at times to some of these stories in that characters are placed in situations where disturbing (to the protagonist) occurrences lead to that person questioning their beliefs or habits. However, right next to it, these may be a simple story about the people of an evening in a pub. There are sad, happy, tragic, and equivocal endings. People are strikingly changed in one story while in others people remain oblivious to the absurdities in their lives. Sometimes people become all too aware of who they are and cannot cope with the truth of it. However, there is no template for a Sansom story.

Except for one story, "A Woman Seldom Found," there isn't a single overtly supernatural-seeming incident in the entire collection, so don't expect spooks and spectres and the unexplained: all things can be explained by logic and coincidence or fate (however unlikely that seems at times).

There are 33 stories here and an excellent introduction by Elizabeth Bowen and a small author bio.

Since this particular Faber Finds edition is available as a print-on-demand (PoD) or ebook, it is generated from a machine scan of one of the original editions. You know what that means: TYPOS. Its worth it. Not as bad as the FF Aickmans, but you are gonna find them; get used to 'em, embrace 'em, read through 'em, after all you know what should have been there.

Sansom seems to be largely forgotten, at least here in the US. His best known work: [b:Fireman Flower and Other Stories|5100263|Fireman Flower and Other Stories|William Sansom|http://photo.goodreads.com/books/1256371127s/5100263.jpg|5167013] has been out of print for years and even poor copies of second editions command a high price. Faber Finds has reprinted a number of his novels and this collection, but never "Fireman." I couldn't find a single contemporary edition of "Fireman" on Amazon US or UK. I also could not find another ebook of Sansom other than this collection.
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Gumbywan | Jun 24, 2022 |
Beautiful colour photographs of their daily life and a satisfying story of a boy and his constant companion, a young tiger.
riselibrary_CSUC | Nov 15, 2021 |
Considering William Sansom's short fiction was once widely anthologized in frighteningly titled story collections (e.g., London Tales of Terror, Ghosts in Country Houses, The Weird: A Compendium of Strange and Dark Stories, as well as several installments of The Pan Book of Horror Stories), with a novel named The Body, readers already acquainted with his better known, more diminutive, phantasmal forebears, could understandably conclude that Sansom's first novel The Body was likewise macabre. For those ghoulish connoisseurs of ghost stories with a taste for Sansom's peculiar style of understated extravagance—a style similar to yet not quite as distilled as that of those refined denizens of the fin de siècle, nor as lugubrious as the later Lovecraft crowds he was often lumped in with (peruse any of the table of contents of one of the dozens of anthologies Sansom contributed to in order to better see my point)—and for whom, understandably, may have approached the The Body expecting the same disquieting ambiance of his eerie short stories, may have been disappointed that The Body was not a similarly quiet horror novel.

For The Body rises from a different ground—a novel, expertly crafted by Sansom out of a molehill. It is seeded in what amounts to a sandbox, rooted as it is in an immature husband's absurd overreaction to a neighbor's leering glance. The novel flourishes swiftly, like a prickly weed, from the uncommunicative cracks of this self-hating husband's heart, feasting on his doubt and festering insecurity. Over another man staring over the wall at his attractive wife. The Body, then, is about a marriage that may soon be buried, because of a husband's jealousy and profound paranoia. A paranoia so profound its become perverse as the husband repeatedly "goes out of town" that he may spy on his wife and that ungodly garrulous, lascivious neighbor-paramour. Alleged paramour. Watching this extraordinarily double minded husband as he deviously befriends his wife's envisioned lover for pints at taverns all over town, concocting elaborate traps to prove himself a cuckold (and a cuckoo cuckold at that) in the very company of the vile offender, demonstrates exactly how pathologically overpowering and perverse the husband's paranoia has become. He'll do just about anything to contrive some future indiscreet rendezvous between the pair to "prove" there's been an affair, even as he's the one orchestrating it. Is a single unreciprocated glance, in the first place, automatic grounds for a spouse's jealousy and suspicion? That's the molehill William Sansom turned into a novel. A novel that may have been better executed and more believable as a long short story. Because even as I'd rate it a good but not great novel (perhaps "great" for a first novel, I won't quibble over that), it's still a novel at heart that's as shallow as a sandbox upon first inspection. Upon introspection, however, the novel gains major mass. One could say it embodies the depth of dunes. Holy shit, though, God forbid that such measly weaselly husks of human beings otherwise known as men indeed exist in this world who are as idiotic and insecure as the husband in The Body. And what could possess a wife to remain true to that, anyway, to her husband's faithlessness in her faithfulness? Are there really wives that forbearing and angelic in this world, willing to put up with such unjust and unfounded barrages of bullshit? What are the odds that this marriage, on the verge of being embalmed, can bounce back and survive?

Yet somehow, The Body has survived, barely, since its publication in 1949, even enduring decades of being out of print; survived largely, I suspect, because of both the underground but growing reputation of William Sansom's short stories and on the hard won approval of one Anthony Burgess, who included The Body in his influential 99 Novels: The Best in English Since 1939 (published in 1984) and wrote, in part, of it:

"Sansom's ear, matching his eye, renders the idioms and rhythms of post-war lower-middle-class English with a frightening exactness. The final image that emerges in the self-tortured brain of the husband is of the human body growing old and unsavoury -- the broken toenails, the rough skin, the bad breath -- and the sexual urge as a kind of insentient insanity. It is what the sharpened eye is led to observe at last and it leads, in its turn, to a kind of resigned philosophy. By a paradox, Sansom mines into the human spirit by staying on the surface."

The surface of my tattered 1959 Penguin Books copy of The Body has sure seen better days. The cover, in fact, is held on by scotch tape. Who knows for how many years it languished, in the dust and dimly lit glory, on a long crowded shelf at the late great Acres of Books in Long Beach before I salvaged it, thanks to Anthony Burgess, in 2008, just before the store closed. The Body remained out of print until Faber and Faber reissued it in 2011. I believe it's worth the steep price to obtain, or I'd be happy to send you my copy.
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6 vote
absurdeist | Aug 29, 2015 |
En underbar och absurd bok om hur svartsjuka och misstänksamhet kan påverka ens liv. Tänkvärt i många situationer inte bara i kärleksrelationer. Boken ingår i panacheserien en serie med udda och mycket läsvärda böcker. Förutom själva intrigen har boken ett mycket exakt och beskrivande språk som är en glädje att läsa.
Mats_Sigfridsson | Jan 27, 2015 |



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