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Arthur Ransome

Author, Illustrator, Editor, Translator, Compiler

(1884 - 1967 )

Arthur Michell Ransome (January 18, 1884 – June 3, 1967) was an English author and journalist. He is best known for writing the Swallows and Amazons series of children’s books about the school-holiday adventures of children, mostly in the Lake District and the Norfolk Broads. Many of the books involve sailing; fishing and camping are other common subjects. The books remain popular and Swallows and Amazons is the basis for a tourist industry around Windermere and Coniston Water, the two lakes Ransome adapted as his fictional North Country lake.