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Thomas B. Costain (1885–1965)

Forfatter af The Silver Chalice

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Værker af Thomas B. Costain

The Silver Chalice (1952) 1,367 eksemplarer
The Last Plantagenets (1962) — Forfatter — 673 eksemplarer
Den sorte Rose (1945) 576 eksemplarer
The Three Edwards (1958) — Forfatter — 555 eksemplarer
The Magnificent Century (1951) — Forfatter — 527 eksemplarer
The Conquering Family (1951) — Forfatter — 499 eksemplarer
Below the Salt (1957) 342 eksemplarer
The Darkness and the Dawn (1959) 247 eksemplarer
The Tontine [Complete] (1901) — Forfatter — 218 eksemplarer
High Towers (1949) 212 eksemplarer
William the Conqueror (1959) 199 eksemplarer
Stories to Remember {complete} (1956) — Redaktør — 181 eksemplarer
The Mississippi Bubble (1902) 165 eksemplarer
Son of a Hundred Kings (1950) 165 eksemplarer
The Moneyman (1947) — Forfatter — 159 eksemplarer
Ride with Me (1944) 154 eksemplarer
Stories to Remember, Volume I (1956) — Redaktør — 144 eksemplarer
30 Stories to Remember (1962) — Redaktør — 134 eksemplarer
Read With Me (1965) — Redaktør — 129 eksemplarer
The Last Love (1963) 129 eksemplarer
Stories to Remember, Volume II (1956) — Redaktør — 125 eksemplarer
The Conquerors (The Pageant of England) (1949) — Forfatter — 122 eksemplarer
A History of the Plantagenets (1949) — Forfatter — 98 eksemplarer
The Tontine [Volume 2] (1955) — Forfatter — 95 eksemplarer
More Stories to Remember, Volume II (1958) — Redaktør — 94 eksemplarer
More Stories to Remember, Volume I (1958) — Redaktør — 83 eksemplarer
The Tontine [Volume 1] (1955) 82 eksemplarer
The Chord of Steel (1960) 67 eksemplarer
More Stories to Remember, Volumes I & II (1958) — Redaktør — 57 eksemplarer
For My Great Folly (1942) — Forfatter — 57 eksemplarer
XII Twelve Short Novels (1961) — Redaktør — 34 eksemplarer
For My Great Folly [and] The Moneyman (1947) — Forfatter — 31 eksemplarer
The Silver Chalice [1954 film] (1952) — Original book — 17 eksemplarer
Joshua: Leader of a United People (1948) 12 eksemplarer
More Stories to Remember, Volume III (1958) — Redaktør — 8 eksemplarer
More Stories to Remember, Volume IV (1958) — Redaktør — 8 eksemplarer
For My Great Folly, First Part (1998) 3 eksemplarer
For My Great Folly, Second Part (1999) 2 eksemplarer
For My Great Folly (abridged) — Forfatter — 1 eksemplar

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The Bridge of San Luis Rey (1927) — Redaktør, nogle udgaver4,716 eksemplarer
The Ancient World to the Reformation (1973) — Bidragyder — 83 eksemplarer
Cavalcade of the North: An Entertaining Collection of Distinguished Writing by Canadian Authors (1958) — Introduktion; Introduction Contributor — 68 eksemplarer
Ordeal by fire; Canada, 1910-1945 (1961) 64 eksemplarer
Nelson Doubleday, 1889-1949 (1949) — Bidragyder — 3 eksemplarer

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Juridisk navn
Costain, Thomas Bertram
Fødselsdato
1885-05-08
Dødsdag
1965-10-08
Begravelsessted
Farringdon Cemetery, Brantford, Ontario, Canada
Køn
male
Nationalitet
Canada (birth)
USA (naturalized)
Fødested
Brantford, Ontario, Canada
Dødssted
New York, New York, USA
Dødsårsag
heart attack
Bopæl
Brantford, Ontario, Canada
New York, New York, USA
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA
Uddannelse
Brantford Collegiate Institute
Erhverv
newspaper editor
historian
university professor
historical novelist
journalist
Relationer
Haycraft, Molly Costain (daughter)
Organisationer
Maclean's
The Saturday Evening Post
Priser og hædersbevisninger
Doctor of Letters, University of Western Ontario
Gold medallion, Canadian Club of New York
Kort biografi
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.

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On the day after the battle of Waterloo, a number of people set up a fund, the interest on the principle being shared among the surviving investors. This device allows Costain to explore nineteenth century society and indulge in a variety of novelistic sub-genres. It was low sress to write, and gave the author a chance to show his skill level. I don't recall it as being particularly striking to an adolescent living on the canadian prairies.
 
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DinadansFriend | 1 anden anmeldelse | Feb 10, 2024 |
The books of Thomas B. Costain, were a rare success in the USa by a Canadian Writer. This is the story of the chief financial minister of Charles VII, the King of France (r. 1422 - 1461), Jacques Coeur 1395? - 1456. Coeur was a merchant on the multi national level in the Meditteranean. He who amassed so great a fortune that he had it confiscated by the French rown. costain plays up Coeur's relationship with Agnes Sorel, the mistress of the French King Charles VII, who was aided by Joan of Arc. The love story is conventional, but as Jacques was convicted of poisoning that lady by slanderers, rather fanciful.… (mere)
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DinadansFriend | 1 anden anmeldelse | Dec 8, 2023 |
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 andre anmeldelser | 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 andre anmeldelser | Jun 27, 2023 |

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