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John Buchan (1) (1875–1940)

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John Buchan was born in Perth on 26th August, 1875. Educated at Glasgow University and Brasenose College, Oxford, in 1898 Buchan won the Newdigate Prize for poetry. Although trained as a lawyer, Buchan became private secretary to Lord Alfred Milner, high commissioner for South Africa. In 1903 he näytä lisää returned to England where he became a director of the publishing company, Thomas Nelson & Sons. In 1910 Buchan had his first novel, Prester John, published. In July 1914, Blackwood's Magazine began serializing Buchan's The Thirty-Nine Steps. With Britain on the verge of war, the nation was obsessed with German spy fever and its subject matter made it an immediate success. When it was published in book form, it sold over 25,000 copies in three months. Charles Masterman, the journalist, was appointed head of the government's War Propaganda Bureau. Masterman recruited Buchan and asked him to organise the publication of a history of the war in the form of a monthly magazine. Published by his own company, the first installment of the Nelson's History of the War appeared in February, 1915. A further twenty-three appeared at regular intervals throughout the war. In the spring of 1915, Buchan agreed to become one of the five journalists attached to the British Army. He was given responsibility for providing articles for The Times and the Daily News. In June 1916, Buchan was recruited by the British Army to draft communiqués for Sir Douglas Haig and other members of the General Headquarters Staff. Given the rank of Second Lieutenant in the Intelligence Corps, Buchan was also provided with the documents needed to write the Nelson's History of the War. Buchan's History of the War provided the public with a completely false impression of what was going on the Western Front. Buchan also wrote a series of propoganda pamphlets published by Oxford University Press. In February, 1917, the government established a Department of Information. Given the rank Lieutenant Colonel, Buchan was put in charge on the department on an annual salary of £1,000 a year. After the war Buchan continued to write adventures stories such as Huntingtower, The Three Hostages, and Witch Wood (1927). He also became involved in politics and in 1927 was elected Conservative MP for the Scottish Universities. Buchan held the seat until granted the title Baron Tweedsmuir in 1935. Buchan was president of the Scottish History Society from 1929 to 1932, and wrote biographies of Montrose and Sir Walter Scott. Buchan also served as governor-general of Canada from 1935 to 1937 and chancellor of Edinburgh University from 1937 to 1940. John Buchan died on 12th February, 1940. (Bowker Author Biography) näytä vähemmän
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Prester John (1910) 574 kappaletta
The Three Hostages (1924) 548 kappaletta
The Island of Sheep (1936) 468 kappaletta
John Macnab (1925) 371 kappaletta
Huntingtower (1922) 369 kappaletta
Witch Wood (1927) 267 kappaletta
Sick Heart River (1941) 216 kappaletta
The House of the Four Winds (1925) 205 kappaletta
Castle Gay (1925) 191 kappaletta
Memory Hold-The-Door (1940) 189 kappaletta
The Dancing Floor (1926) 185 kappaletta
The Free Fishers (1934) 176 kappaletta
The Gap in the Curtain (1932) 166 kappaletta
The Power-House (1913) 149 kappaletta
The Courts of the Morning (1929) 147 kappaletta
The Blanket of the Dark (1931) 144 kappaletta
Midwinter (1923) 141 kappaletta
The Path of the King (1921) 125 kappaletta
The Runagates Club (1928) 113 kappaletta
Salute to Adventurers (1915) 111 kappaletta
Stories (2008) 91 kappaletta
Oliver Cromwell (1934) 90 kappaletta
A Prince of the Captivity (1933) 88 kappaletta
John Burnet of Barns (1898) 88 kappaletta
Montrose (1928) 80 kappaletta
Sir Walter Scott (1925) 77 kappaletta
Augustus (1939) 63 kappaletta
Adventures of Richard Hannay (1939) 62 kappaletta
The Half-Hearted (1900) 56 kappaletta
A History of the Great War (1922) 47 kappaletta
The Magic Walking Stick (1914) 46 kappaletta
The Massacre of Glencoe (1985) 42 kappaletta
A Lost Lady of Old Years (1899) 40 kappaletta
The King's grace, 1910-1935 (1935) 37 kappaletta
Julius Caesar (1930) 37 kappaletta
The Battle of the Somme (2010) 30 kappaletta
The Long Traverse (1941) 30 kappaletta
Sir Quixote of the Moors (1895) 23 kappaletta
The Complete Works of John Buchan (2011) 23 kappaletta
Supernatural Tales (1997) 21 kappaletta
A History of English Literature (1923) 19 kappaletta
Homilies and Recreations (1926) 18 kappaletta
A Lodge in the Wilderness (1906) 18 kappaletta
The Far Islands (1984) 17 kappaletta
Sir Walter Raleigh (1911) 16 kappaletta
The Clearing House (1946) 14 kappaletta
The Thirty Nine Steps [1978 film] (1978) — Novel — 13 kappaletta
The Kirk in Scotland 1560-1929 (1985) 12 kappaletta
The African Colony (1903) 11 kappaletta
Lord Minto, A Memoir (1924) 11 kappaletta
The Marquis of Montrose (1996) 11 kappaletta
Poems Scots and English (1917) 9 kappaletta
Scholar Gipsies (1896) 9 kappaletta
Men and Deeds (1935) 8 kappaletta
Canadian Occasions (1940) 8 kappaletta
Modern Short Stories (1926) — Toimittaja — 7 kappaletta
The Wind in the Portico (2020) 6 kappaletta
Suuren käärmeen luola (1962) 6 kappaletta
A Five-Fold Salute to Adventure (1939) 6 kappaletta
Episodes of the Great War (1936) 5 kappaletta
Gordon at Khartoum (2001) 5 kappaletta
Some Eighteenth Century Byways (1972) 5 kappaletta
The Best Supernatural Stories (1991) 5 kappaletta
The Grove Of Ashtaroth (2018) 5 kappaletta
Sinisen antiloopin lähde (1962) 5 kappaletta
Collected Works of John Buchan (2013) 4 kappaletta
Collected Supernatural Stories (2012) 4 kappaletta
No-man's-land (2018) 4 kappaletta
MUSA PISCATRIX [The Bodley Anthologies]. (1896) — Toimittaja — 4 kappaletta
Skule Skerry 4 kappaletta
Francis and Riversdale Grenfell (1920) 4 kappaletta
Naval Episodes of the Great War (1938) 4 kappaletta
Andrew Jameson Lord Ardwall (1913) 3 kappaletta
Spies and Secret Agents (1993) — Avustaja — 3 kappaletta
Brasenose College (1898) 3 kappaletta
Adventurers All : An Omnibus (1925) 3 kappaletta
Fullcircle (2013) 3 kappaletta
John Buchan's Collected Poems (1996) 3 kappaletta
The Green Wildebeest 3 kappaletta
Basilissa (1994) 3 kappaletta
The Battle Of Jutland (2013) 3 kappaletta
The last crusade 2 kappaletta
Ship to Tarshish 2 kappaletta
The Kings of Orion 2 kappaletta
Divus Johnston (2014) 2 kappaletta
The Outgoing Of The Tide (2011) 2 kappaletta
The Herd Of Stanlan 2 kappaletta
Space (1990) 2 kappaletta
Fountainblue 2 kappaletta
English Literature, Vols. 1-2 — Johdanto — 1 kappale
France The Nations of To-Day A New History of the World (1965) — Toimittaja — 1 kappale
Short Stories 1 kappale
Richard Hannay Adventures (2017) 1 kappale
Great Occasions (1941) 1 kappale
John Buchan: The Best Works (2018) 1 kappale
John Buchan on Angling (2016) 1 kappale
The Pilgrim Fathers (2012) 1 kappale
The John Buchan Collection (2015) 1 kappale

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The Oxford Book of English Ghost Stories (1986) — Avustaja — 537 kappaletta
Gone to Earth (1917) — Johdanto, eräät painokset358 kappaletta
The Spy's Bedside Book (1957) — Avustaja — 343 kappaletta
The 39 Steps [1935 film] (1935) — original novel — 297 kappaletta
Isaac Asimov's Magical Worlds of Fantasy, Volume 12: Faeries (1991) — Avustaja — 205 kappaletta
The Oxford Book of Fantasy Stories (1994) — Avustaja — 186 kappaletta
The Fantastic Imagination (1977) — Avustaja — 153 kappaletta
The Mammoth Book of Modern Ghost Stories (2007) — Avustaja — 130 kappaletta
Chilling Horror Short Stories (2016) — Avustaja — 120 kappaletta
The 39 Steps [play] (2009) — Original story — 115 kappaletta
The Big Book of Adventure Stories (2011) — Avustaja — 110 kappaletta
The Penguin Book of First World War Stories (2007) — Avustaja — 103 kappaletta
The Oxford Book of Scottish Short Stories (1995) — Avustaja — 100 kappaletta
Scottish Ghost Stories (2009) — Avustaja — 75 kappaletta
The Valancourt Book of Horror Stories: Volume Two (2017) — Avustaja — 74 kappaletta
The New Penguin Book of Scottish Short Stories (1983) — Avustaja — 70 kappaletta
Heroic Fantasy Short Stories (Gothic Fantasy) (2017) — Avustaja — 68 kappaletta
The Bedside Book of Famous British Stories (1940) — Avustaja — 66 kappaletta
Five Spy Novels (1962) — Avustaja — 55 kappaletta
Great Classic Stories: 22 Unabridged Classics (2006) — Avustaja, eräät painokset51 kappaletta
Swords & Steam Short Stories (Gothic Fantasy) (2016) — Avustaja — 48 kappaletta
Alfred Hitchcock's Fear and Trembling (1948) — Avustaja; Avustaja, eräät painokset48 kappaletta
To Catch a Spy: An Anthology of Favourite Spy Stories (1964) — Avustaja, eräät painokset; Avustaja — 45 kappaletta
Scottish Stories of Fantasy and Horror (1971) — Avustaja — 43 kappaletta
The Oxford Book of Historical Stories (1994) — Avustaja — 40 kappaletta
The Screaming Skull and Other Classic Horror Stories (2010) — Avustaja — 36 kappaletta
The Monster-Maker and Other Science Fiction Classics (2012) — Avustaja — 29 kappaletta
Agents & Spies Short Stories (Gothic Fantasy) (2018) — Avustaja — 25 kappaletta
The 39 Steps [2008 TV Movie] (2008) — Novel — 22 kappaletta
And the Darkness Falls (1946) — Avustaja — 22 kappaletta
Detective Thrillers Short Stories (Gothic Fantasy) (2020) — Avustaja — 21 kappaletta
Polar Horrors: Chilling Tales from the Ends of the Earth (2022) — Avustaja — 19 kappaletta
Prince of Darkness (1978) — Avustaja — 14 kappaletta
British Weird (2020) — Avustaja — 14 kappaletta
Annual Macabre 1998 (1998) — Avustaja — 13 kappaletta
The Face of Scotland (1934) — Esipuhe — 13 kappaletta
Visions and Imaginations: Classic Fantasy Fiction (2005) — Avustaja — 13 kappaletta
Where the Silence Rings: A Literary Companion to Mountains (2007) — Avustaja — 11 kappaletta
The Haunted and the Haunters (1975) — Avustaja — 10 kappaletta
Escape Stories (1980) — Avustaja — 9 kappaletta
Best Secret Service Stories (1960) — Avustaja — 8 kappaletta
A Collection of Action Stories (1988) — Avustaja — 7 kappaletta
Thirteen Short Stories (1968) — Avustaja — 5 kappaletta
Thrilling Adventure Stories (1988) — Avustaja — 5 kappaletta
Arctic Journeys: The Story of the Oxford University Ellesmere Land Expedition (1936) — Esipuhe, eräät painokset5 kappaletta
The Word Lives On: A Treasury of Spiritual Fiction (1951) — Avustaja — 4 kappaletta
The poetry of Neil Munro (1989) — Esipuhe — 3 kappaletta
Argosy, December 24, 1938 (1938) — Avustaja — 2 kappaletta
Argosy, December 10, 1938 (1938) — Avustaja — 2 kappaletta
Argosy, December 17, 1938 (1938) — Avustaja — 2 kappaletta
Short Stories: The Timeless Collection (Unabridged) (2007) — Avustaja — 2 kappaletta
Spionhistorier fra hele verden — Avustaja — 2 kappaletta
A Modern Galaxy: Short Stories — Avustaja — 2 kappaletta
Short Stories: The Nostalgia Collection (2008) — Avustaja — 1 kappale
Rosemary — Avustaja — 1 kappale
Burke's Political Writings (Nelson Classics edition (1940) — Toimittaja — 1 kappale

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Muut nimet
Tweedsmuir, Lord
Tweedsmuir, John Buchan, 1st Baron
Elsfield, Oxfordshire, UK
Maa (karttaa varten)
Scotland, UK
Perth, Tayside, Scotland, UK
Montréal, Québec, Canada
Perth, Tayside, Scotland, UK
Fife, Scotland, UK
South Africa
Oxford, England, UK
London, England, UK
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada (näytä kaikki 7)
Montréal, Québec, Canada
University of Glasgow (classics)
Oxford University (Brasenose College) (Literae Humaniores)
military officer
MP (Scottish Universities)
governor-general (Canada) (näytä kaikki 8)
chancellor (Edinburgh University)
Buchan, Anna (sister)
Buchan, Susan Grosvenor (wife)
Buchan, James (grandson)
Buchan, John Norman Stuart (son)
Buchan, William James de l'Aigle (son)
Buchan, Ursula (granddaughter)
Scottish Historical Society
Palkinnot ja kunnianosoitukset
Privy Counsel of the United Kingdom (1937)
Order of Saint Michael and Saint George (Knight Grand Cross) (1935)
Knight Grand Cross of the Royal Victorian Order (1939)
Order of the Companions of Honour (1932)
Hereditary Peerage (1935)
Deputy Lieutenant (näytä kaikki 9)
James Tait Black Memorial Prize (1928)
Newdigate Prize (1898)
Stanhope Prize (1897)
Lyhyt elämäkerta
Buchan was the son of a Free Church minister, and grew up in Fife. He read classics at Glasgow University, winning a scholarship that enabled him to continue his studies at Oxford.

After graduating, he went to South Africa in the aftermath of the Boer War as aide to Alfred Milner. After an unsuccessful attempt to make his way as a lawyer, he went into publishing. In 1907, he linked himself to the English aristocracy by marrying the Duke of Westminster's cousin, Susan Grosvenor.

In the years immediately before World War I, he started to make a name for himself as a writer of adventure stories. T

During World War I he continued to write adventure stories in between propaganda work for the government and reporting the war for the Times.

After the war, Buchan settled down in a country house outside Oxford, later becoming a Unionist MP

In 1935 he was appointed Governor-General of Canada. At the time, this was an appointment that went with a peerage, so he became Baron Tweedsmuir. He died in 1940.



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Interesting as an example of the kind of invasion adventure story serial from the period but doesn't really hold up today. The opening chapter has a guy describe a Jewish conspiracy and then when we find out he was wrong about the Jewish part our narrator calls a Greek person a "dago" - very charming example of British upper class prejudices. Overall there's just not an interesting story and the episodes are so clearly tied to fulfilling a serial format that as a novel it's hard to take seriously. It's basically readable but it's so daft and generic with boring chases around the same tiny patch of Scottish land that there's no reason to. Just a historical curiosity. 1 star is a little harsh maybe but it's just. Not good
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tombomp | 184 muuta kirja-arvostelua | Oct 31, 2023 |
Scotsman John Buchan’s fabulous The Thirty-Nine Steps is rightly considered a seminal classic in the Adventure/Spy genre, and it is for good reason it was on The Guardian’s Best 100 English Novels list at #42.

This exciting tale of espionage defined the man-on-the-run tale in breathless fashion, and was the first of the author’s Richard Hannay tales. What remains remarkable is the contemporary prose. Though it takes place before the first World War, offering insight into the view of what was happening at the time, the tale is timeless, and with minor changes, could easily be a thrilling espionage adventure told in our day. Books need to be judged within their context, and while most do, some don't. This classic has a solid four-star average after hundreds of reviews on Amazon in the US, which accurately reflects how much fun this is to read.

That's not to say some of what happens isn't implausible, almost Cornell Woolrich level implausible, but with a style and pace which makes Robert Ludlum (another great writer who was no pretentious critic's darling) seem lethargic; no easy task. The reader is having so much fun they simply don’t care that it's hardly plausible. It is, after all, fiction. Reading The Thirty-Nine Steps is fun and exciting, which is what it is supposed to be. Watching Hannay escape time after time until the thrilling confrontation and conclusion is exhilarating.

Buchan writes as though using lighting bolts rather than a pen, taking readers along for the electric-charged ride. The Thirty-Nine Steps is the quintessential can’t-put-down read. That thrill you got as a youngster reading a mystery adventure by flashlight beneath the covers was captured by Buchan, but it was moved forward into adulthood. On that level it doesn't just succeed, it shines. It's on The Guardian's list for good reason.

The book differs from Hitchcock’s famous British film adaptation in that there is no love interest for Hannay here; frankly because as a boys adventure story brought forward into adulthood, it isn’t needed. A rollicking good old-fashioned tale that set a bar seldom reached since it was written. The 39 Steps is fabulous fun and quite enjoyable when read, if you don't make comparisons with spy novels written many decades later, and why would you do that? This edition of this seminal work has an excellent biography at the end readers will most likely enjoy. Highly recommended.
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Matt_Ransom | 184 muuta kirja-arvostelua | Oct 6, 2023 |
Really enjoyed this - while some holes in the plot, some references which clearly indicate that it is definitely of it's age, and a good amount of unfeasability, nonetheless it had me turning each page in order to find out what happens.
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geekmoose | 184 muuta kirja-arvostelua | Sep 26, 2023 |
A ripping yarn. The protagonist endures a great deal of physical hardship as well as the loss of his dog and describes his suffering and his emotional state in an analytical manner. He rates himself not highly as a leader. He is able to return with some accumulated wealth and thereby keep his widowed mother from financial difficulties.

I read this because I had recently read an essay on John Buchan by Gertrude Himmelfarb.
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themulhern | 7 muuta kirja-arvostelua | Sep 21, 2023 |


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