Historical Who is Who

RANSOME. Arthur

1884 - 1967
England
LITERATURE, POLITICS

Celebrated as an author of children’s literature, less well known for his association with Bolshevik revolutionaries and political writings. His Swallows and Amazons stories of young people’s adventures in the Lake District in NW England have as their implicit motif the development of the sense of personal responsibility. His youthful links with W G Collingood and family, journalist activities in London and St Petersburg, his marriage to Trotsky’s secretary, his lifelong engagement with fishing and sailing, as well as his intelligence gathering roles are each remarkable.

Life

 

Writings

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