Arthur Ransome (1884-1967), famed English author of children's adventure stories, was born in Leeds, Yorkshire, England. He studied science at Yorkshire College, but he decided to embark on literary pursuits. He moved to London in 1902, and he published a wide array of writings. In 1907, he published his first major book, "Bohemia in London." Ransome moved to Russia in 1913, where he studied folktales. From 1915 to 1929, he worked as a newspaper correspondent in Russia, Latvia, and Estonia. Ransome traveled widely as a correspondent for the "Manchester Guardian." Ransome is best remembered for his series of children's book about sailing adventures. The novel "Swallows and Amazons," published in 1930, was his first in a series of 12 children's books.
Arthur Ransome died on June 3, 1967 in Cheadle, near Manchester.
[Source: "Encyclopedia Britannica Online."]
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Frank Kurt Cylke (b. 1932) is a noteworthy librarian and an avid collector of Arthur Ransome materials. Born in New Haven, Connecticut, Cylke received a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Connecticut in 1954 and a Master of Library Science from the Pratt Institute in 1957. He did postgraduate work at Georgetown University.
Cylke worked as a librarian at a number of institutions, including the Graham-Eckes School, the Bridgeport Public Library, the New Haven Public Library, the Providence Public Library, and the U.S. Office of Education. From 1970 to 1973, he served as the director of the National Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped at the Library of Congress. He also taught at the graduate library schools at the University of Rhode Island and Catholic University.
[Source: "Who's Who in America." 63rd ed., 2009, p. 1088.]