Arthur Ransome

1884 - 1967

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Arthur Michell Ransome (18 January 1884 – 3 June 1967) was an English author and journalist. He is best known for writing and illustrating the Swallows and Amazons series of children's books about the school-holiday adventures of children, mostly in the Lake District and the Norfolk Broads. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Arthur Ransome has received more than 610,669 page views. His biography is available in 27 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 26 in 2019). Arthur Ransome is the 4,447th most popular writer (down from 3,673rd in 2019), the 3,175th most popular biography from United Kingdom (down from 2,696th in 2019) and the 361st most popular British Writer.

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  • 27

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  • 3.80

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Notable Works

Swallows and Amazons
Adventure and adventurers, Boats and boating, Children's camping and sailing adventures.
This is one of the finest books for children, both boys and girls. In 1928, four children, aged 7 to 12 (?), whose father is in the navy, vacation with their mother and baby sister on a lake in the north of England. They borrow a 13' sailboat (the Swallow) from the farmer with whom they are staying, and camp on an island in the lake. They meet two girls (the Amazons), about the same age, and have realistic adventures together. The first in a series of twelve books, maybe the best kids' books ever written.
We didn't mean to go to sea
Sea stories, Sailing, Fiction
The Swallows, visiting on the east coast of England, stand watch on a small cruising sailboat for the owner and drag anchor and cross the Channel in a gale. Wonderful detail about sailing, and the fact that it takes place 85 years ago doesn't matter.
The Crisis in Russia
Classic Literature, Fiction, Politics and government
Peter Duck
Brothers and Sisters, Sailing, Storytelling
Peter Duck is the third book in the Swallows and Amazons series by Arthur Ransome. The Swallows and Amazons sail to Crab Island with Captain Flint and Peter Duck, an old sailor, to recover buried treasure. During the voyage the Wildcat (Captain Flint's ship) is chased by another vessel, the Viper, whose piratical crew are also intending to recover the treasure. The book, first published in 1932, is considered to be one of the metafictional books in the series, along with Missee Lee. It is a story withing the stories of The Swallows and Amazons. Most of the book was written in Aleppo where Ransome was staying with the Altounyans.
Old Peter's Russian tales
Russian Folk literature, Tales, Fairy tales


Among writers, Arthur Ransome ranks 4,447 out of 7,302Before him are Louis Paul Boon, Mervyn Peake, Hans Henny Jahnn, Alain de Botton, Rosemary Sutcliff, and Quentin Crisp. After him are Olaf Bull, Sāyaṇa, Ariel Dorfman, Gudrun Pausewang, Severus Sanctus Endelechius, and Jan Myrdal.

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Among people born in 1884, Arthur Ransome ranks 161Before him are Louis Abell, Alfredo Baldomir, Ture Rangström, Mia May, Jean-Richard Bloch, and Burrill Bernard Crohn. After him are Adeodato Giovanni Piazza, Bohumil Kubišta, Claes Johanson, Vasily Agapkin, Dewi Sartika, and Sig Ruman. Among people deceased in 1967, Arthur Ransome ranks 178Before him are Eddie Tolan, Jobyna Ralston, Ciro Alegría, Henry Luce, Ann Sheridan, and Franz Babinger. After him are Jaromír Weinberger, Thomas Tien Ken-sin, Sig Ruman, Reginald Punnett, Ramón Zabalo, and Fritz Schäffer.

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In United Kingdom

Among people born in United Kingdom, Arthur Ransome ranks 3,175 out of 8,785Before him are John Colet (1467), Charles Lee (1731), Rosemary Sutcliff (1920), Kenneth Cranham (1944), Arthur Russell (1886), and Quentin Crisp (1908). After him are Alan Bullock (1914), Robert Stephens (1931), Steve Bloomer (1874), Anne Treisman (1935), Mary Toft (1703), and Emily Mortimer (1971).

Among WRITERS In United Kingdom

Among writers born in United Kingdom, Arthur Ransome ranks 361Before him are Graham Swift (1949), Radclyffe Hall (1880), Philip Reeve (1966), Sophie Kinsella (1969), Rosemary Sutcliff (1920), and Quentin Crisp (1908). After him are Joe Abercrombie (1974), Robert Greene (1558), Gerard Manley Hopkins (1844), Walter Savage Landor (1775), Francis de Laporte de Castelnau (1810), and Alan Bennett (1934).