From Arthur Ransome (1884-1967)

Scope and Content

Correspondence from Arthur Ransome (1884-1967).

Administrative / Biographical History

Arthur Michell Ransome (18 January 1884 - 3 June 1967) 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. The books remain popular and "Swallows and Amazons" is the basis for a tourist industry around Windermere and Coniston Water, the two lakes Ransome adapted as his fictional North Country lake.

The Walker children in Swallows and Amazons were based on the Altounyan children. He had earlier proposed to both Dora Collingwood and Barbara Collingwood. He remained a close friend of the family, particularly with Barbara, throughout his life.