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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) 1,369 eksemplarer
The Last Plantagenets (1962) — Forfatter — 682 eksemplarer
Den sorte Rose (1945) 579 eksemplarer
The Three Edwards (1958) — Forfatter — 561 eksemplarer
The Magnificent Century (1951) — Forfatter — 533 eksemplarer
The Conquering Family (1951) — Forfatter — 503 eksemplarer
Below the Salt (1957) 343 eksemplarer
The Darkness and the Dawn (1959) 247 eksemplarer
The Tontine [Complete] (1901) — Forfatter — 221 eksemplarer
High Towers (1949) 213 eksemplarer
William the Conqueror (1959) 204 eksemplarer
Stories to Remember {complete} (1956) — Redaktør — 181 eksemplarer
The Mississippi Bubble (1902) 168 eksemplarer
Son of a Hundred Kings (1950) 165 eksemplarer
The Moneyman (1947) — Forfatter — 159 eksemplarer
Ride with Me (1944) 155 eksemplarer
Stories to Remember, Volume I (1956) — Redaktør — 147 eksemplarer
30 Stories to Remember (1962) — Redaktør — 135 eksemplarer
Read With Me (1965) — Redaktør — 129 eksemplarer
The Last Love (1963) 129 eksemplarer
Stories to Remember, Volume II (1956) — Redaktør — 126 eksemplarer
The Conquerors (The Pageant of England) (1949) — Forfatter — 125 eksemplarer
A History of the Plantagenets (1949) — Forfatter — 98 eksemplarer
The Tontine [Volume 2] (1955) — Forfatter — 96 eksemplarer
More Stories to Remember, Volume II (1958) — Redaktør — 94 eksemplarer
More Stories to Remember, Volume I (1958) — Redaktør — 84 eksemplarer
The Tontine [Volume 1] (1955) 83 eksemplarer
The Chord of Steel (1960) 68 eksemplarer
More Stories to Remember, Volumes I & II (1958) — Redaktør — 58 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 Ancient World to the Reformation (1973) — Bidragyder — 84 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
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
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.



Review from my 14 year old:

The Mississippi Bubble talks about how France got a new bank ;The Mississippi Company, and offered shares in the company. Stock prices rose. And fell.

The other part of the story talks about the starting of New Orleans.

Good for illustrating the importance of paper money backed by good.
FamiliesUnitedLL | 1 anden anmeldelse | Apr 2, 2024 |
I really enjoyed almost all of the stories in this collection. The different writing style were very interesting. Several were from much older timeframes than I normally encounter. I found some new authors to read and I'm sure I will be re-reading a few of the stories.
RuthInman123 | 2 andre anmeldelser | Mar 12, 2024 |
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.
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)
DinadansFriend | 1 anden anmeldelse | Dec 8, 2023 |



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