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Four Adventures of Richard Hannay: The Thirty-Nine Steps, Greenmantle, Mr. Standfast, The Three Hostages
     

Four Adventures of Richard Hannay: The Thirty-Nine Steps, Greenmantle, Mr. Standfast, The Three Hostages

by John Buchan
 

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ISBN-10: 0879238712

ISBN-13: 2900879238710

Pub. Date: 01/01/2000

Publisher: Godine, David R. Publishers, Inc.

John Buchan, brilliant scholar, refined diplomat, and the epitome of the Edwardian gentleman, was born in Perth and remained his entire life as Scots as the thistle, grouse, and gorse. Raised to the peerage as Lord Tweedsmuir in 1935, he died the popular Governor General of Canada in 1940. He clearly hoped to be remembered as a scholar and a diplomat (and his

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John Buchan, brilliant scholar, refined diplomat, and the epitome of the Edwardian gentleman, was born in Perth and remained his entire life as Scots as the thistle, grouse, and gorse. Raised to the peerage as Lord Tweedsmuir in 1935, he died the popular Governor General of Canada in 1940. He clearly hoped to be remembered as a scholar and a diplomat (and his brilliant academic career at Oxford where he took a first in Greats, was president of the Oxford Union, and gathered a pile of university prizes suggested that he would one day be England's Prime Minister), but a sustained career in politics eluded him, and he survives most vividly in our memory as the creator of some of the more memorable characters in fiction. And of the many he created, none was more memorable than Richard Hannay—clearly his alter ego—a man of sure instincts, sound judgment, and almost preternatural physical and mental skills. In other words, an idealized English man of action.

The perilous situations, the self-possession and mental agility of the hero, and the sheer excitement of the plots have insured that these four grand novels enjoy a consistent demand. They remain as compelling today as they were when the busy public man who was John Buchan wrote them as a diversion in his spare time, a model for masters as diverse as Forsyth, Fleming, and Le Carre. And all four are present in this grand, 700-page package of nonstop excitement.

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ISBN-13:
2900879238710
Publisher:
Godine, David R. Publishers, Inc.
Publication date:
01/01/2000
Edition description:
Reissue
Pages:
672
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 1.25(h) x 9.00(d)

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