This biography of John Buchan is drawn on private papers which fully portray his life and interests, and provide a comprehensive view of British political, social and literary circles during the first half of the 20th century. Particularly noted for his classic thriller, "The Thirty Nine Steps", John Buchan wrote over 100 books, including a series of "shockers" as he called them, featuring the characters Richard Hannay, Sandy Arbuthnot and Edward Leithen, children's books and tales of the supernatural. He also wrote biographies, including lives of Montrose and Sir Walter Scott, and was the author of a history of the Great War. Buchan had a distinguished career in public life. He was a member of Milner's famous "Kindergarten" of young men in South Africa and later worked for the "Spectator". He worked in publishing at Nelson's and then ran the Ministry of Information during World War I. After eight years as a Conservative MP, he ended his career as Lord Tweedsmuir, Governor-General of Canada. Although he led an active public life, Buchan was at heart a countryman and fisherman, and believed deeply in the redemptive powers of the wild.
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ANDREW LOWNIE was educated at Fettes, Westminster, Magdalene College, Cambridge, where he was Dunster History Prizeman and President of the Union, and at Edinburgh University. He has been a journalist contributing to The Times and The Spectator and has worked in publishing. A past Council Member of the Buchan Society, he has written introductions to several Buchan novels and has edited a collection of Buchan’s poetry.From Publishers Weekly:
Best known to American readers as the author of The Thirty-Nine Steps, Greenmantle and other "shockers," as Buchan referred to them, John Buchan's protean life and work encompassed a great diversity of accomplishments. In a detailed, well-balanced and well-documented work, Lownie, who has edited collections of Buchan's poems and stories, examines his subject's successes and failures as well as the shifting tides of critical opinion that have buffeted or burnished his reputation. Buchan's 65 years (1875-1940) were crowded with achievements. He attended Glasgow University and Oxford and was chancellor of Edinburgh University. His literary roles included war correspondent, various positions with Nelson Publishing Co. and deputy chairman of Reuters News Agency. His distinguished record of public service included various posts in South Africa, WWI director of information, MP for the Scottish Universities and governor-general of Canada. In addition to his works of fiction, Buchan wrote and published essays, poetry, biographies and histories, and he edited numerous other works. And yet somehow Buchan never seemed to grab the grand prize expected of him. Lownie argues quite convincingly that Buchan had too many talents pulling him in various directions-torn between romantic and practical impulses-and that ill health compounded his difficulties. He also felt himself to be always the outsider: "regarded as a Scotsman in England and an Englishman in Scotland." Regardless of successes or failures, Buchan had, and continues to have, a shaping influence on espionage fiction, with his books still being read and adapted for radio, television and film. Illus.
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