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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 vis mere 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) vis mindre
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De 39 trin (1915) 5,279 eksemplarer
Greenmantle (1916) 1,382 eksemplarer
Mr. Standfast (1919) 634 eksemplarer
Prester John (1910) 574 eksemplarer
The Three Hostages (1924) 548 eksemplarer
The Island of Sheep (1936) 468 eksemplarer
John Macnab (1925) 371 eksemplarer
Huntingtower (1922) 369 eksemplarer
Witch Wood (1927) 267 eksemplarer
Sick Heart River (1941) 216 eksemplarer
The House of the Four Winds (1925) 205 eksemplarer
Castle Gay (1925) 191 eksemplarer
Memory Hold-The-Door (1940) 189 eksemplarer
The Dancing Floor (1926) 185 eksemplarer
The Free Fishers (1934) 176 eksemplarer
The Gap in the Curtain (1932) 166 eksemplarer
The Power-House (1913) 149 eksemplarer
The Courts of the Morning (1929) 147 eksemplarer
The Blanket of the Dark (1931) 144 eksemplarer
Midwinter (1923) 141 eksemplarer
The Path of the King (1921) 125 eksemplarer
The Runagates Club (1928) 113 eksemplarer
Salute to Adventurers (1915) 111 eksemplarer
Stories (2008) 91 eksemplarer
Oliver Cromwell (1934) 90 eksemplarer
A Prince of the Captivity (1933) 88 eksemplarer
John Burnet of Barns (1898) 88 eksemplarer
Montrose (1928) 80 eksemplarer
Sir Walter Scott (1925) 77 eksemplarer
Augustus (1939) 63 eksemplarer
Adventures of Richard Hannay (1939) 62 eksemplarer
The Half-Hearted (1900) 56 eksemplarer
A History of the Great War (1922) 47 eksemplarer
The Magic Walking Stick (1914) 46 eksemplarer
The Massacre of Glencoe (1985) 42 eksemplarer
A Lost Lady of Old Years (1899) 40 eksemplarer
The King's grace, 1910-1935 (1935) 37 eksemplarer
Julius Caesar (1930) 37 eksemplarer
The Battle of the Somme (2010) 30 eksemplarer
The Long Traverse (1941) 30 eksemplarer
Sir Quixote of the Moors (1895) 23 eksemplarer
The Complete Works of John Buchan (2011) 23 eksemplarer
Supernatural Tales (1997) 21 eksemplarer
A History of English Literature (1923) 19 eksemplarer
Homilies and Recreations (1926) 18 eksemplarer
A Lodge in the Wilderness (1906) 18 eksemplarer
The Far Islands (1984) 17 eksemplarer
Sir Walter Raleigh (1911) 16 eksemplarer
The Clearing House (1946) 14 eksemplarer
The Thirty Nine Steps [1978 film] (1978) — Novel — 13 eksemplarer
The Kirk in Scotland 1560-1929 (1985) 12 eksemplarer
The African Colony (1903) 11 eksemplarer
Lord Minto, A Memoir (1924) 11 eksemplarer
The Marquis of Montrose (1996) 11 eksemplarer
Poems Scots and English (1917) 9 eksemplarer
Scholar Gipsies (1896) 9 eksemplarer
Men and Deeds (1935) 8 eksemplarer
Canadian Occasions (1940) 8 eksemplarer
Modern Short Stories (1926) — Redaktør — 7 eksemplarer
The Wind in the Portico (2020) 6 eksemplarer
Suuren käärmeen luola (1962) 6 eksemplarer
A Five-Fold Salute to Adventure (1939) 6 eksemplarer
Episodes of the Great War (1936) 5 eksemplarer
Gordon at Khartoum (2001) 5 eksemplarer
Some Eighteenth Century Byways (1972) 5 eksemplarer
The Best Supernatural Stories (1991) 5 eksemplarer
The Grove Of Ashtaroth (2018) 5 eksemplarer
Sinisen antiloopin lähde (1962) 5 eksemplarer
Collected Works of John Buchan (2013) 4 eksemplarer
Collected Supernatural Stories (2012) 4 eksemplarer
No-man's-land (2018) 4 eksemplarer
MUSA PISCATRIX [The Bodley Anthologies]. (1896) — Redaktør — 4 eksemplarer
Skule Skerry 4 eksemplarer
Francis and Riversdale Grenfell (1920) 4 eksemplarer
Naval Episodes of the Great War (1938) 4 eksemplarer
Andrew Jameson Lord Ardwall (1913) 3 eksemplarer
Spies and Secret Agents (1993) — Bidragyder — 3 eksemplarer
Brasenose College (1898) 3 eksemplarer
Adventurers All : An Omnibus (1925) 3 eksemplarer
Fullcircle (2013) 3 eksemplarer
John Buchan's Collected Poems (1996) 3 eksemplarer
The Green Wildebeest 3 eksemplarer
Basilissa (1994) 3 eksemplarer
The Battle Of Jutland (2013) 3 eksemplarer
The last crusade 2 eksemplarer
Ship to Tarshish 2 eksemplarer
The Kings of Orion 2 eksemplarer
Divus Johnston (2014) 2 eksemplarer
The Outgoing Of The Tide (2011) 2 eksemplarer
Twelve Short Stories (HTML only) (2010) 2 eksemplarer
The Herd Of Stanlan 2 eksemplarer
Space (1990) 2 eksemplarer
Fountainblue 2 eksemplarer
English Literature, Vols. 1-2 — Introduktion — 1 eksemplar
France The Nations of To-Day A New History of the World (1965) — Redaktør — 1 eksemplar
The novel and the fairy tale (1931) 1 eksemplar
Mr. Standfast / Huntingtower (2011) 1 eksemplar
Short Stories 1 eksemplar
Richard Hannay Adventures (2017) 1 eksemplar
Great Occasions (1941) 1 eksemplar
John Buchan: The Best Works (2018) 1 eksemplar
An Article of Death 1 eksemplar
John Buchan on Angling (2016) 1 eksemplar
The Pilgrim Fathers (2012) 1 eksemplar
The John Buchan Collection (2015) 1 eksemplar

Associated Works

Tales Before Tolkien: The Roots of Modern Fantasy (2003) — Bidragyder — 597 eksemplarer
The Oxford Book of English Ghost Stories (1986) — Bidragyder — 537 eksemplarer
Gone to Earth (1917) — Introduktion, nogle udgaver357 eksemplarer
The Spy's Bedside Book (1957) — Bidragyder — 343 eksemplarer
The 39 Steps [1935 film] (1935) — original novel — 297 eksemplarer
Isaac Asimov's Magical Worlds of Fantasy, Volume 12: Faeries (1991) — Bidragyder — 205 eksemplarer
The Oxford Book of Fantasy Stories (1994) — Bidragyder — 186 eksemplarer
The Fantastic Imagination (1977) — Bidragyder — 153 eksemplarer
The Mammoth Book of Modern Ghost Stories (2007) — Bidragyder — 130 eksemplarer
Chilling Horror Short Stories (2016) — Bidragyder — 120 eksemplarer
The 39 Steps [play] (2009) — Original story — 115 eksemplarer
The Big Book of Adventure Stories (2011) — Bidragyder — 110 eksemplarer
The Penguin Book of First World War Stories (2007) — Bidragyder — 103 eksemplarer
The Oxford Book of Scottish Short Stories (1995) — Bidragyder — 100 eksemplarer
Scottish Ghost Stories (2009) — Bidragyder — 75 eksemplarer
The Valancourt Book of Horror Stories: Volume Two (2017) — Bidragyder — 74 eksemplarer
The New Penguin Book of Scottish Short Stories (1983) — Bidragyder — 70 eksemplarer
Heroic Fantasy Short Stories (Gothic Fantasy) (2017) — Bidragyder — 68 eksemplarer
The Bedside Book of Famous British Stories (1940) — Bidragyder — 66 eksemplarer
Five Spy Novels (1962) — Bidragyder — 55 eksemplarer
Great Classic Stories: 22 Unabridged Classics (2006) — Bidragyder, nogle udgaver51 eksemplarer
Swords & Steam Short Stories (Gothic Fantasy) (2016) — Bidragyder — 48 eksemplarer
Alfred Hitchcock's Fear and Trembling (1948) — Bidragyder; Bidragyder, nogle udgaver48 eksemplarer
Time Travel Short Stories: Anthology of New & Classic Tales (2017) — Bidragyder — 46 eksemplarer
To Catch a Spy: An Anthology of Favourite Spy Stories (1964) — Bidragyder, nogle udgaver; Bidragyder — 45 eksemplarer
Scottish Stories of Fantasy and Horror (1971) — Bidragyder — 43 eksemplarer
The Oxford Book of Historical Stories (1994) — Bidragyder — 40 eksemplarer
The Screaming Skull and Other Classic Horror Stories (2010) — Bidragyder — 36 eksemplarer
The Monster-Maker and Other Science Fiction Classics (2012) — Bidragyder — 29 eksemplarer
Agents & Spies Short Stories (Gothic Fantasy) (2018) — Bidragyder — 25 eksemplarer
The 39 Steps [2008 TV Movie] (2008) — Novel — 22 eksemplarer
And the Darkness Falls (1946) — Bidragyder — 22 eksemplarer
Detective Thrillers Short Stories (Gothic Fantasy) (2020) — Bidragyder — 21 eksemplarer
Polar Horrors: Chilling Tales from the Ends of the Earth (2022) — Bidragyder — 19 eksemplarer
Prince of Darkness (1978) — Bidragyder — 14 eksemplarer
British Weird (2020) — Bidragyder — 14 eksemplarer
Annual Macabre 1998 (1998) — Bidragyder — 13 eksemplarer
The Face of Scotland (1934) — Forord — 13 eksemplarer
Visions and Imaginations: Classic Fantasy Fiction (2005) — Bidragyder — 13 eksemplarer
Where the Silence Rings: A Literary Companion to Mountains (2007) — Bidragyder — 11 eksemplarer
The Haunted and the Haunters (1975) — Bidragyder — 10 eksemplarer
Escape Stories (1980) — Bidragyder — 9 eksemplarer
Best Secret Service Stories (1960) — Bidragyder — 8 eksemplarer
A Collection of Action Stories (1988) — Bidragyder — 7 eksemplarer
Thirteen Short Stories (1968) — Bidragyder — 5 eksemplarer
Thrilling Adventure Stories (1988) — Bidragyder — 5 eksemplarer
Arctic Journeys: The Story of the Oxford University Ellesmere Land Expedition (1936) — Forord, nogle udgaver5 eksemplarer
The Word Lives On: A Treasury of Spiritual Fiction (1951) — Bidragyder — 4 eksemplarer
The poetry of Neil Munro (1989) — Forord — 3 eksemplarer
Argosy, December 24, 1938 (1938) — Bidragyder — 2 eksemplarer
Argosy, December 10, 1938 (1938) — Bidragyder — 2 eksemplarer
Argosy, December 17, 1938 (1938) — Bidragyder — 2 eksemplarer
Short Stories: The Timeless Collection (Unabridged) (2007) — Bidragyder — 2 eksemplarer
Spionhistorier fra hele verden — Bidragyder — 2 eksemplarer
A Modern Galaxy: Short Stories — Bidragyder — 2 eksemplarer
Short Stories: The Nostalgia Collection (2008) — Bidragyder — 1 eksemplar
Rosemary — Bidragyder — 1 eksemplar
Burke's Political Writings (Nelson Classics edition (1940) — Redaktør — 1 eksemplar

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Tweedsmuir, Lord
Tweedsmuir, John Buchan, 1st Baron
Elsfield, Oxfordshire, 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 (vis alle 7)
Montréal, Québec, Canada
University of Glasgow (classics)
Oxford University (Brasenose College) (Literae Humaniores)
military officer
MP (Scottish Universities)
governor-general (Canada) (vis alle 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
Priser og hædersbevisninger
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 (vis alle 9)
James Tait Black Memorial Prize (1928)
Newdigate Prize (1898)
Stanhope Prize (1897)
Kort biografi
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.




Indeholder "1. Manden, som døde", "2. En mælkemand drager afsted", "3. En skrivende kroholder får stof", "4. En vordende politiker får hjælp", "5. En vejmand med tømmermænd", "6. En venlig mand - med sære øjne ...", "7. Rigstelefon fra London - !", "8. Den sorte sten", "9. De niogtredive trin", "10. En sammenkomst ved stranden".

En mand på 37 år, Richard Hannay, har tjent rimeligt i sin tid i Sydafrika, men nu er han taget til England og i stedet for det forjættede land har det vist sig at være den inkarnerede kedsomhed. Han har lejet en lejlighed, men han kender ikke rigtigt nogen i London og er på nippet til at tage tilbage. Han bliver imidlertidig opsøgt af en af de andre beboere i lejlighedskomplekset. Manden er desperat, for han har fået viden om en sammensværgelse med det formål at starte den næste store krig.
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bnielsen | 184 andre anmeldelser | Feb 17, 2022 |
De 39 trin er en klassiker på sit felt, thrilleren, eller måske mere præcist ramasjangromanen. Hvor den moderne thriller gør sit yderste for at lede hovedpersonen - og dermed sin læser - på vildspor, så er denne roman mere ligetil. Der er ganske vist en intrige, der handler om den storpolitiske balance, men plottet er lige ud af landevejen med masser af forfølgelsesscener og usandsynlige sammentræf.

John Buchan lå syg, da første verdenskrig brød ud, og fortvivlet over ikke at kunne yde sit til kampen, skrev han hen over vinteren 1914-15 denne lille roman – og det er et andet punkt, hvor den adskiller sig fra sin moderne efterfølger. John Hannay er lige kommet hjem fra kolonierne, og han render rent ud sagt rundt og keder sig i London. Det ændrer sig brat, da hans overbo Scudders opsøger ham med en fantastisk historie om et forestående mord på den græske premierminister Karamides. Scudders har opsnuset sammenhængen, men desværre har bagmændene også luret ham.

Hannay tror på historien, og der går ikke mange dage, før det står fuldstændig klart, at der rent faktisk er ugler i mosen. Heldigvis er han i den grad en handlingens mand, så han tager med det samme opgaven på sig og stikker af. Der er nemlig tre uger til udåden skal finde sted, og først i sidste øjeblik kan der gøres noget effektivt for at forhindre det. Indtil da må han holde sig skjult for sine forfølgere, og det er ikke nemt. De er nemlig ekstremt dygtige til deres job. (De bliver så også hjulpet godt på vej af Hannays ubegribeligt tåbelige improvisationer, der konstant giver dem en ny mulighed for at opspore ham.)

Krigen var allerede brudt ud, da John Buchan skrev De 39 trin, men historien passer fint ind i den ændrede engelske opfattelse af Tyskland, som Paul Kennedy så fint har analyseret: fra velvillig neutralitet til åben rivalisering og fjendskab. Karamides-affæren er nemlig bare ét element i intrigen, der trækker indviklede spor i retning af Berlin. Emnemæssigt er der desuden mange paralleller til The Riddle of the Sands (1903) af Erskine Childers, og også i dette tilfælde er det op til en handlekraftig helt uden for systemet at klare ærterne.

Den lange jagt op til Skotland blev lidt trættende, men man lever med det, for Buchan formår at spidse plottet til mod slutningen. Det var simpelthen spændende, også selvom tiden for længst er blevet en anden.
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Henrik_Madsen | 184 andre anmeldelser | Oct 13, 2015 |


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