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Ronald Blythe (1922–2023)

Teoksen Akenfield: Portrait of an English Village tekijä

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Ronald Blythe is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature and President of the John Clare, Robert Kilvert and Robert Bloomfield Societies


Tekijän teokset

The Pleasures of Diaries (1989) 62 kappaletta
Characters and Their Landscapes (1983) 38 kappaletta
The Bookman's Tale (2009) 35 kappaletta
Divine Landscapes (1986) 34 kappaletta
The Penguin Book of Diaries (1991) — Toimittaja — 33 kappaletta
Writers at home : National Trust studies (1985) — Avustaja — 28 kappaletta
Places: An Anthology of Britain (1981) 28 kappaletta
At the yeoman's house (2011) 20 kappaletta
A Year at Bottengoms Farm (2006) 19 kappaletta
First Friends (1997) 18 kappaletta
The Stories of Ronald Blythe (1985) 15 kappaletta
England: The Four Seasons (1996) 14 kappaletta
Talking to the Neighbours (2002) 11 kappaletta
Aftermath (2010) 10 kappaletta
Borderland: A Country Diary (2005) 9 kappaletta
A Writer's Day-Book (2007) 8 kappaletta
Private Words: Letters and Diaries from the Second World War (1991) — Toimittaja — 6 kappaletta
The Assassin (2004) 6 kappaletta
Under a Broad Sky (2013) 6 kappaletta
A Treasonable Growth (1960) 6 kappaletta
From the Headlands (1982) 5 kappaletta
Aldeburgh anthology; (1972) 5 kappaletta
A River Diary (2008) 5 kappaletta
Field Work: Selected Essays (2007) 5 kappaletta
Forever Wormingford (2017) 2 kappaletta
In Praise of Essex (1988) 1 kappale
A Country Boy 1 kappale
Village Hours (2012) 1 kappale

Associated Works

Emma (1815) — Toimittaja, eräät painokset37,605 kappaletta
Ivan Iljitšin kuolema (1852) — Johdanto, eräät painokset5,346 kappaletta
A Month in the Country (1980) — Johdanto, eräät painokset2,274 kappaletta
On the Pleasure of Hating (2004) — Toimittaja, eräät painokset643 kappaletta
Selected Writings (Oxford World's Classics) (1991) — Toimittaja, eräät painokset236 kappaletta
The English Landscape: Its Character and Diversity (1700) — Avustaja — 76 kappaletta
The Third Ghost Book (1955) — Avustaja — 56 kappaletta
The Fourth Ghost Book (1965) — Avustaja, eräät painokset24 kappaletta
A Distant Cry: Stories from East Anglia (2002) — Avustaja — 12 kappaletta
Cedric Morris: Artist Plantsman — Avustaja — 5 kappaletta
Unlikely ghosts, (1969) — Avustaja — 5 kappaletta
New World Writing 18 (1961) — Avustaja — 3 kappaletta

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This is notable to me only for its inclusion (among works by forty writers) of one of the last pieces written by Barbara Pym before her death, A Year in West Oxfordshire. However clearly a sweet volume carefully compiled.
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therebelprince | Oct 24, 2023 |
This is a pen-portrait of a Suffolk village in the late 1960s. As well as an introduction to the village, its population and working life, the author includes descriptions of many of the people who live in the village, from farm-workers to teachers, blacksmiths to retired army captains, thatchers and shepherds to farmers and members of the Women's Institute, plus other important characters like the district nurse, the vet, the magistrate and the gravedigger.
Blythe's descriptions of the characters of village life are often two-tone, which is to say that he provides a narrative about how the person fits in to village life and what sort of person they are, and that is followed by a passage, reportage-style, in their own words, of that person's thoughts and views on their lives and their place in society.
Taken together, these two styles of narrative make interesting reading, as this collection of rural voices make themselves heard via an introductory piece by the author about their position and status in the village.
This is a lovely portrayal of rural life in East Anglia midway through the last century.
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SunnyJim | 17 muuta kirja-arvostelua | Jun 30, 2023 |
Wonderful book. So many insights to Suffolk village life between the wars. The remnants of the feudal system; deference of the working class, arrogance of the landed class. At times brutal and unsympathetic. Suffolk folk were tradionally reluctant to express true feelings but these characters so insightful and articulate. Reminded me of Dad's suspicion of middle-class professional newcomers to the village! Destroys the illusion of a golden age of village life. But so many memorable characters and stories.… (lisätietoja)
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BobCurry | 17 muuta kirja-arvostelua | Jun 13, 2023 |
Blythe’s title implies a unifying theme behind his choice of subjects, but I felt that the book remained a collection of separate essays on characters whose connection, beyond celebrity in the period in question, is left to the reader to discern. Something of the spirit of Auden’s “September 1, 1939” here—-“the clever hopes expire/Of a low dishonest decade,” but much as I enjoyed Blythe’s wit and style in these little vignettes I would have appreciated a somewhat larger canvas.
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booksaplenty1949 | 2 muuta kirja-arvostelua | Nov 4, 2022 |



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