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Thomas B. Costain (1885–1965)

Teoksen The Silver Chalice tekijä

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The Silver Chalice (1952) 1,345 kappaletta
The Last Plantagenets (1962) — Tekijä — 668 kappaletta
Musta ruusu (1945) 564 kappaletta
The Three Edwards (1958) — Tekijä — 545 kappaletta
The Magnificent Century (1951) — Tekijä — 522 kappaletta
The Conquering Family (1951) — Tekijä — 490 kappaletta
Below the Salt (1957) 336 kappaletta
The Darkness and the Dawn (1959) 239 kappaletta
The Tontine [Complete] (1901) — Tekijä — 214 kappaletta
High Towers (1949) 209 kappaletta
William the Conqueror (1959) 194 kappaletta
Stories to Remember {complete} (1956) — Toimittaja — 181 kappaletta
Son of a Hundred Kings (1950) 164 kappaletta
The Mississippi Bubble (1902) 163 kappaletta
Kuninkaan lemmitty (1947) — Tekijä — 154 kappaletta
Ride with Me (1944) 151 kappaletta
Stories to Remember, Volume I (1956) — Toimittaja — 144 kappaletta
30 Stories to Remember (1962) — Toimittaja — 132 kappaletta
Read With Me (1965) — Toimittaja — 128 kappaletta
The Last Love (1963) 127 kappaletta
Stories to Remember, Volume II (1956) — Toimittaja — 125 kappaletta
The Conquerors (The Pageant of England) (1949) — Tekijä — 120 kappaletta
A History of the Plantagenets (1949) — Tekijä — 96 kappaletta
More Stories to Remember, Volume II (1958) — Toimittaja — 94 kappaletta
The Tontine [Volume 2] (1955) — Tekijä — 91 kappaletta
The Tontine [Volume 1] (1955) 82 kappaletta
More Stories to Remember, Volume I (1958) — Toimittaja — 82 kappaletta
The Chord of Steel (1960) 66 kappaletta
For My Great Folly (1942) — Tekijä — 57 kappaletta
More Stories to Remember, Volumes I & II (1958) — Toimittaja — 56 kappaletta
XII Twelve Short Novels (1961) — Toimittaja — 34 kappaletta
For My Great Folly [and] The Moneyman (1947) — Tekijä — 31 kappaletta
The Silver Chalice [1954 film] (1952) — Original book — 17 kappaletta
Joshua: Leader of a United People (1948) 11 kappaletta
More Stories to Remember, Volume III (1958) — Toimittaja — 8 kappaletta
More Stories to Remember, Volume IV (1958) — Toimittaja — 8 kappaletta
For My Great Folly, First Part (1998) 3 kappaletta
For My Great Folly, Second Part (1999) 2 kappaletta
For My Great Folly (abridged) — Tekijä — 1 kappale

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Virallinen nimi
Costain, Thomas Bertram
Farringdon Cemetery, Brantford, Ontario, Canada
Canada (birth)
USA (naturalized)
Brantford, Ontario, Canada
New York, New York, USA
heart attack
Brantford, Ontario, Canada
New York, New York, USA
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA
Brantford Collegiate Institute
newspaper editor
university professor
historical novelist
Haycraft, Molly Costain (daughter)
The Saturday Evening Post
Palkinnot ja kunnianosoitukset
Doctor of Letters, University of Western Ontario
Gold medallion, Canadian Club of New York
Lyhyt elämäkerta
Thomas B. Costain

was born
in Brantford, Ontario, Canada, and attended high school at the Brantford Collegiate Institute. Before graduating from high school, he had already written four novels, none of which were accepted for publication.

In 1902, he had his first literary success when the Brantford Courier published a mystery story of his, and he became a reporter at the paper at age 17. He later was an editor at the Guelph Daily Mercury and the Maclean Publishing Group. In 1914, he became a staff writer for, and later editor of, Maclean's Magazine. His work there brought him to the attention of The Saturday Evening Post in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, where he served as fiction editor for 14 years.

In 1920, he became a naturalized U.S. citizen. He worked for Doubleday Books as an editor from 1939 to 1946. He also was the head of 20th Century Fox’s story development department from 1934 to 1942. Costain was 57 years old when he published his first historical novel, For My Great Folly (1942), about the 17th-century rivalry between England and Spain. It was an immediate bestseller, and Costain was soon able to retire from Doubleday to become a full-time writer. In the years that followed, he published books almost annually, and his vivid and carefully researched stories continued to be hits with the public. The best-known of his works are The Black Rose (1945), which was adapted into a film starring Tyrone Power, and The Silver Chalice (1952), also made into a film. In addition, Costain utilized his outstanding abilities to make history compelling to produce well-received nonfiction histories, including a four-volume series on the English Plantagenet dynasty, The Conquering Family (1949), The Magnificent Century (1951), The Three Edwards (1958), and The Last Plantagenets (1962). Costain married Ida Randolph Spragge in 1910, and the couple had two children, one of whom was Molly Costain Haycraft, who also became an historical novelist.



A decent story that concerns Attila the Hun, the declining Roman Empire and certain tribes that had been subjugated by the conqueror - centered on a man taken prisoner by the Romans, who escapes and goes into service for Attila - there is a lackluster love interest - nothing too compelling - his "The Black Rose" is a much better read.
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BayanX | 6 muuta kirja-arvostelua | Jul 16, 2023 |
2021 reread via Kindle book from OCLN:
Just as good as I had remembered - I had forgotten most of the details of Costain's 4 book history of the Plantagenets but the wonderful way that he wrote stuck with me. This first book covers Henry II, Richard I (the Lionhearted) & John - the 3 Angevin kings.
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leslie.98 | 11 muuta kirja-arvostelua | Jun 27, 2023 |
FROM AMAZON: Spanning 60+ years, beginning on the day Waterloo was won, it is a multigenerational story of 3 families during the Industrial Revolution. Lots of detailed descriptions of life among the varied social classes, it has been likened to stories by Dickens. It’s a very good historical fiction.
A tontine is a life insurance scheme, stratified by age. Enrollees received payouts after an initial growth period, the amounts determined by the number of living recipients. Over time, as participants died, the payouts became more and more substantial. Towards the end, when the recipients became a mere handful, all sorts of betting occurred in the general populace on who would be the last survivor.

FROM GOODREADS: Tontine is a form of gambling - part lottery, part insurance. It begins with the Day the Battle of Waterloo was fought and ends at the closing of the 19th Century. Its cast includes Actors, Kings, Sailors, Artists, etc. It is filled with romance.
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Gmomaj | 1 muu arvostelu | Jun 4, 2023 |
Read long ago and still remember how great it was.

FROM AMAZON: Basil of Antioch, a young and skilled artisan freed from slavery, braves the perils of Christian persecution, the sorcery of the infamous Simon the Magician, and even the ire of Roman Emperor Nero, while diverted by the charms of two beautiful women, one good and one evil... How does he come in touch with THE SILVER CHALICE? This is the great and moving epic of the Cup of the Last Supper from which Jesus drank on the eve of his betrayal and the artist who made it...… (lisätietoja)
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Gmomaj | 16 muuta kirja-arvostelua | Jun 4, 2023 |



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