Arts Literature Authors R Ransome, Arthur
Arthur Ransome was born in Leeds, UK, on 18th Jan 1884. As a small boy he had holidays around Coniston, Cumbria, and attended preparatory school in Windermere, which gave Ransome an early taste for Lakeland. After completing his education, he worked in London, coming North whenever he could. He became a friend of W.G. Collingwood, writer artist and secretary to John Ruskin. Ransome's favourite childhood book was W.G. Collingwood's Thorstein of the Mere, which was set around Coniston. After an unsuccessful marriage, he went to Russia, where he met his future wife Evgenia Petrovna Shelepina, who had been Trotsky's secretary. In 1924 he retuned to The Lake District and apart from two periods when he went South, he lived in Cumbria for the rest of his life, finding inspiration and settings for his best known book - Swallows and Amazons. Arthur Ransome died on 3rd June 1967, and his grave is in St Paul's Church, Rusland.
All Things Ransome
Repository of Arthur Ransome materials including articles, reviews, background information and sources.
The Arthur Ransome Club
Founded 1987 in Japan as the world's first Arthur Ransome club.
The Arthur Ransome Society
A society formed to celebrate and promote Arthur Ransome's life, works and spirit of adventure.
Arthur Ransome Trust
A UK-based charity whose aims are to increase the study, appreciation and knowledge of the life and works of Arthur Ransome, including the creation of a Ransome Centre in southern Lakeland.
Arthur Ransome Wiki
A public wiki devoted to Arthur Ransome, his life and his literary works.
Arthur Ransome: journalist, author, spy
Photographs of Arthur Ransome and a selection of his original articles - mainly about the Russian revolution in the early 1900s - taken from the archives of The Manchester Guardian newspaper.
Great Northern?: Articles and Essays
A series of detailed articles about Arthur Ransome and his works, including book reviews, the geography of 'Swallows and Amazons' and Ransome's political views.
Guardian Educational Resources: Arthur Ransome
Background info and links to articles written by Arthur Ransome for The Manchester Guardian
John Sergeant on Arthur Ransome
BBC Radio 4's 2003 biographical series: Political correspondent john Sergeant on the life of Arthur Ransome (audio).
Sailing Swallow
Organisation, run by volunteers, that owns the sailing dinghy 'Swallow' - used in the 1974 "Swallows & Amazons" film - with the aim of maintaining her, and letting people sail in her, at events all over the UK.
Sophie Neville
Official website of the actress who played the part of Titty in the 1974 film of 'Swallows and Amazons'; detailed reminiscences and behind-the-scenes photos from the filming.
Forum for discussions on Arthur Ransome and 'Swallows and Amazons' related topics.

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