Ransome Biography – Profile, Age, Publications, Country, Awards

Arthur Michell Ransome was born on 18 January, 1884 and died on 3 June, 1967. Arthur was born in Leeds; the house at 6 Ash Grove, in the Hyde Park area and has a blue plaque beside the door commemorating his birthplace. Before his death he was an English author and journalist. He is best known for writing 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. Many of the books involve sailing; fishing and camping are other common subjects.

Ransome‘s publications remain popular and “Swallows and Amazons” is the basis for a tourist industry around Windermere and Coniston Water, during the two his fictional North Country lake lakes adapted. Ransome was educated first in Windermere and then at Rugby School where he lived in the same study room that had been used by (Lewis Carroll) but did not entirely enjoy the experience, because of his poor eyesight, lack of athletic skill, and limited academic achievement.

Looking at his awards, Ransome won the inaugural Carnegie Medal from the Library Association, recognizing Pigeon Post in the Swallows and Amazons series as the year’s best children’s book by a British subject. He was appointed CBE in 1953. Durham University made Ransome an honorary Master of Arts (which he told Cape to ignore) and Leeds University made him an honorary Doctor of Letters.

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