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Joan Aiken (1924–2004)

Autore di The Wolves of Willoughby Chase

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Joan Delano Aiken was born in Rye, Sussex, England, on September 4, 1924, the daughter of the Pulitzer Prize winner, writer Conrad Aiken. She was raised in a rural area and home schooled by her mother until the age 12. She then attended Wychwood School, a boarding school in Oxford. Her work first mostra altro appeared in 1941 when the British Broadcasting Corporation, where she worked as a librarian, broadcast some of her short stories on their Children's Hour program. Aiken also worked at St. Thomas's Hospital, and in 1943 she moved to the reference department of the London office of the United Nations, where she collected information about resistance movements. She worked for the UN until 1949, all the while continuing to write stories. In 1953 a collection of short fiction called All You've Ever Wanted and Other Stories was published. While writing The Wolves of Willoughby Chase, begun in 1952, her husband became ill and died of lung cancer in 1955. After working for five years as a copy editor at Argosy Magazine, and at the J. Walter Thompson Advertising Firm, she returned and finished the book in 1963. The Wolves of Willoughby Chase won the Lewis Carroll Shelf Award and was made into a successful film in 1988. In 1969 The Whispering Mountain won the Guardian Children's Book Award, and in 1972, Night Fall won America's Edgar Allen Poe Award for juvenile mystery. Aiken is best known for her adult "fantasy" stories. She has received awards for children's fiction and for mystery fiction, and has also written ''sequels'' to Jane Austen books. She collaborated with her daughter to write many episodes of her Arabel and Mortimer the raven series for the BBC. In all, Aiken wrote 92 novels - including 27 for adults - as well as plays, poems and short stories, although she was best known as a writer of children's stories. Joan Aiken died in January of 2004 at the age of 79. (Bowker Author Biography) mostra meno
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Serie

Opere di Joan Aiken

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Nightbirds on Nantucket (1966) 906 copie
Midnight Is a Place (1974) 587 copie
The Stolen Lake (1981) 542 copie
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The Cuckoo Tree (1971) 497 copie
Dido and Pa (1986) 401 copie
Arabel's Raven (1974) 304 copie
Midwinter Nightingale (2003) 298 copie
Is Underground (1992) 270 copie
Limbo Lodge (1998) 247 copie
Cold Shoulder Road (1995) 238 copie
Go Saddle the Sea (1977) 231 copie
Eliza's Daughter (1994) 231 copie
The Shadow Guests (1980) 205 copie
Bridle the Wind (1983) 163 copie
The Five-Minute Marriage (1977) 159 copie
The Teeth of the Gale (1988) 155 copie
The Moon's Revenge (1987) 149 copie
The Cockatrice Boys (1993) 144 copie
Lady Catherine's Necklace (2000) 142 copie
Deception (1987) 138 copie
The Youngest Miss Ward (1998) 133 copie
Castle Barebane (1976) 130 copie
Emma Watson (1996) 127 copie
A Touch of Chill (1979) 121 copie
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The Smile of the Stranger (1978) 105 copie
A Harp of Fishbones (1972) 95 copie
The Weeping Ash (1980) 94 copie
A Whisper in the Night (1982) 89 copie
The Girl from Paris (1982) 83 copie
The Kingdom and the Cave (1960) 80 copie
All But a Few (1974) 78 copie
The Crystal Crow (1975) 77 copie
Died on a Rainy Sunday (1972) 76 copie
Mortimer's Cross (1983) 76 copie
The Embroidered Sunset (1970) 74 copie
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The Butterfly Picnic (1972) 70 copie
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A Foot in the Grave (1989) 66 copie
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Last Movement (1977) 46 copie
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Is / Cold Shoulder Road (1992) 44 copie
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The Fortune Hunters (1965) 38 copie
The Spiral Stair (1979) 36 copie
A Handful of Gold (1995) 36 copie
The Scream (2002) 35 copie
Voices in an empty house (1975) 34 copie
Voices (1988) 32 copie
Mortimer's Tie (1976) 32 copie
A Goose on Your Grave (1987) 32 copie
The Erl King's Daughter (1988) 31 copie
The Kitchen Warriors (1983) 31 copie
Mice and Mendelson (1978) 30 copie
Ghostly Beasts (2002) 30 copie
The Shoemaker's Boy (1993) 29 copie
Dead Man's Lane (1996) 27 copie
The Jewel Seed (1997) 22 copie
The Wooden Dragon (2004) 19 copie
All and More (1971) 18 copie
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Girl's Choice (1969) 13 copie
In Thunder's Pocket (1600) 12 copie
Street: A Play (1978) 12 copie
Sogni d'ossa (2002) 10 copie
The Skin Spinners: Poems (1850) 10 copie
The Midnight Moropus (1993) 9 copie
Silver Jackanory (1991) 9 copie
Mortimer's Mine (1995) 8 copie
The Song of Mat and Ben (2001) 8 copie
The Fog Hounds (1999) 6 copie
Mayhem in Rumbury (1995) 6 copie
Verräter des Lichts (1999) 4 copie
Simply the Best (1996) 3 copie
Mitox (I) 3 copie
Oxford Literacy Web (2000) 2 copie
Mortimer's Pocket (1994) 2 copie
The Cold Flame (1969) 1 copia
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1992 1 copia
1991 1 copia
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Informazioni generali

Nome legale
Goldstein, Joan Delano Aiken Brown
Data di nascita
1924-09-04
Data di morte
2004-01-04
Sesso
female
Nazionalità
UK
Luogo di nascita
Rye, East Sussex, England, UK
Luogo di morte
Petworth, West Sussex, England, UK
Luogo di residenza
London, England, UK
New York, USA
Istruzione
Wychwood School for Girls, Oxford
Attività lavorative
Children's Author
Novelist
Advertising Copywriter
Editor
Relazioni
Aiken, Conrad (father)
Armstrong, Martin (stepfather)
Hodge, Jane Aiken (sister)
Aiken, John (brother)
Brown, Ronald George (husband)
Goldstein, Julius (husband) (mostra tutto 7)
Aiken, Lizza (daughter)
Organizzazioni
BBC
Argosy
Premi e riconoscimenti
Guardian Award (1969)
Edgar Allan Poe Award (1972)
Member of the Order of the British Empire (1999)
Agente
A. M. Heath & Co.
Breve biografia
Joan Aiken was an English writer who received the MBE for services to Children's Literature. She was known as a writer of wild fantasy, Gothic novels and short stories.

She was born in Rye, East Sussex, into a family of writers, including her father, Conrad Aiken (who won a Pulitzer Prize for his poetry), and her sister, Jane Aiken Hodge. She worked for the United Nations Information Office during the second world war, and then as an editor and freelance on Argosy magazine before she started writing full time, mainly children's books and thrillers. For her books she received the Guardian Award (1969) and the Edgar Allan Poe Award (1972).

Her most popular series, the "Wolves Chronicles" which began with The Wolves of Willoughby Chase, was set in an elaborate alternate period of history in a Britain in which James II was never deposed in the Glorious Revolution,and so supporters of the House of Hanover continually plot to overthrow the Stuart Kings. These books also feature cockney urchin heroine Dido Twite and her adventures and travels all over the world.

Another series of children's books about Arabel and her raven Mortimer are illustrated by Quentin Blake, and have been shown on the BBC as Jackanory and drama series. Others including the much loved Necklace of Raindrops and award winning Kingdom Under the Sea are illustrated by Jan Pieńkowski.

Her many novels for adults include several that continue or complement novels by Jane Austen. These include Mansfield Revisited and Jane Fairfax.

Aiken was a lifelong fan of ghost stories. She set her adult supernatural novel The Haunting of Lamb House at Lamb House in Rye (now a National Trust property). This ghost story recounts in fictional form an alleged haunting experienced by two former residents of the house, Henry James and E. F. Benson, both of whom also wrote ghost stories. Aiken's father, Conrad Aiken, also authored a small number of notable ghost stories.

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Recensioni

This is the third in the author's Wolves of Willoughby Chase series, set in an alternate early 19th century where the Stuarts remained on the throne and King James III rules Britain. Dido Twite is again our heroine and, once again, we are dealing with a Hanoverian plot by the Slighcarps to overthrow the Stuart King. In this case, the plot is pure Jules Verne, involving firing a massive gun from Nantucket to destroy the King in his palace in London. The plot is foiled with the help of a pink whale. Sounds ridiculous but it's quite good light-hearted fun, which I needed, given health-related stuff going on in mine and my family's lives at the moment. One stand out quote was when a character describes a smell as being enough "to make a bad egg burst out crying and go home to mother."… (altro)
 
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john257hopper | 15 altre recensioni | Jun 14, 2024 |
A delight. Wayward kids in gothic England. Vile villains, secret passages, and shipwrecks. Can’t wait to read the rest of the series.
 
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Amateria66 | 84 altre recensioni | May 24, 2024 |
Very much in the "classic" Perils of Pauline style. Uses words that are of the period which could make it a bit inaccessible to children.
 
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Dorothy2012 | 84 altre recensioni | Apr 22, 2024 |
Scintillating start to a wonderful series. I am hooked on this series and am looking forward to reading the rest of it.
 
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cura22 | 84 altre recensioni | Apr 21, 2024 |

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Statistiche

Opere
212
Opere correlate
125
Utenti
18,152
Popolarità
#1,214
Voto
3.9
Recensioni
420
ISBN
1,005
Lingue
20
Preferito da
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