The Golden Scarecrow

The Golden Scarecrow

by Hugh Walpole


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This volume contains Hugh Walpole’s 1915 collection of short stories, entitled "The Golden Scarecrow". It includes nine stories united by a common location but varying in theme and tone – some are gentle, some are ghastly, but all are masterfully composed and worthy of a place in any collection. The stories contained herein include: “Henry Fitzgeorge Strether”, “Ernest Henry”, “Angelina”, “Bim Rochester”, “Nancy Ross”, “Enery”, “Barbara Flint”, “Sarah Trefusis”, “Young John Scarlet”, and more. Sir Hugh Seymour Walpole (1884 - 1941) was a New Zealand–born English author. Many vintage texts such as this are increasingly scarce and expensive, and it is with this in mind that we are republishing this book now, in an affordable, high-quality, modern edition. It comes complete with a specially commissioned biography of the author.

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ISBN-13: 9781985268166
Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date: 06/28/2018
Pages: 180
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.38(d)

About the Author

Sir Hugh Seymour Walpole (1884 - 1941) was an English novelist. He was the son of an Anglican clergyman, intended for a career in the church but drawn instead to writing. Among those who encouraged him were the authors Henry James and Arnold Bennett. His skill at scene-setting and vivid plots, as well as his high profile as a lecturer, brought him a large readership in the United Kingdom and North America. He was a best-selling author in the 1920s and 1930s but has been largely neglected since his death. After his first novel, The Wooden Horse, in 1909, Walpole wrote prolifically, producing at least one book every year. He was a spontaneous story-teller, writing quickly to get all his ideas on paper, seldom revising. His first novel to achieve major success was his third, Mr Perrin and Mr Traill, a tragicomic story of a fatal clash between two schoolmasters. During the First World War he served in the Red Cross on the Russian-Austrian front and worked in British propaganda in Petrograd and London. In the 1920s and 1930s Walpole was much in demand not only as a novelist but also as a lecturer on literature, making four exceptionally well-paid tours of North America. Having as a young man eagerly sought the support of established authors, he was in his later years a generous sponsor of many younger writers. He was a patron of the visual arts and bequeathed a substantial legacy of paintings to the Tate Gallery and other British institutions. Walpole's output was large and varied. Between 1909 and 1941 he wrote thirty-six novels, five volumes of short stories, two original plays and three volumes of memoirs. His range included disturbing studies of the macabre, children's stories and historical fiction, most notably his Herries Chronicle series, set in the Lake District. He worked in Hollywood writing scenarios for two Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer films in the 1930s and played a cameo in the 1935 version of David Copperfield.

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