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The Man Who Unleashed the Birds free pdf In 1963 the world of entertainment was transfixed by the terrifying movie 'The Birds' directed by Alfred Hitchcock and based on a short story by Daphne Du Maurier. But what many people do not know was that the same story had been written thirty years earlier by a brilliant young writer called Frank Baker who depicted the city of London falling apart as it was mercilessly attacked by a mysterious flock of birds. This novel had been long-forgotten and Baker was smarting in penury as he watched what he saw as his own creation go on to reap thousands of dollars. He communicated his anxieties both to Hitchcock and Du Maurier. The first ignored him- the second sympathised and consoled- but this did not salve his torment. Isolated and neglected, bisexual and devoted to alcohol, he felt very much a literary leftover, hiding away with his family mainly in the duchy of Cornwall, about which he wrote with tremendous passion in his brooding, melodramatic first novel 'The Twisted Tree' (1935), in which a mother sacrificed her son. But he was actually a writer of worldwide renown whose classic supernatural comedy Miss Hargreaves was adapted for the London stage with his friend, Margaret Rutherford, taking the leading role. And yet, although he'd been saluted by several critics and a film had been made, starring Robert Donat, of his heart-rending novel 'Lease of Life', the greater body of his work remained unknown. This pioneering biography tells the story of this talented, tormented and intensely likeable man who for a while was organist for Bernard Walke at St Hilary, near Land's End, later becoming an actor and author in London, and finally returning to Cornwall and settling amid a circle of gifted artists and friends. In these pages not only do we meet famous authors like Compton Mackenzie but refugees of the 'forgotten generation' of the 1920s like Mary Butts and that master of the macabre, Arthur Machen- also the zealous, morally stringent critic of the 1930s, Derek Savage, who lambasted George Orwell on the issue of pacifism- the audacious, satirical painter, Lionel Miskin- John Layard, the much-travelled, widely influential anthropologist and psychologist who killed himself (unsuccessfully) after the poet W.H. Auden had betrayed his affection- the loquacious 'Jock' or W.S. Graham, picked out by T.S. Eliot as one of the most remarkable poets of the 20th century- the yachtsman, pacifist and supplier of yarns from Cornwall, Denys Val Baker, and the creator of charming songs and ballads, John Raynor. Paul Newman, former editor of the literary magazine Abraxas, has written books and articles covering subjects as diverse as symbolism, topography and literature. Titles include 'The Hill of the Dragon' (1979) and 'The Meads of Love' (1994), a life of the poet-miner, John Harris. Together with the sculptor A.R. Lamb, he shared a poetry collection 'In Many Ways Frogs' (1997), followed by 'Lost Gods of Albion' (1998), a study of British hill-figures, and 'A History of Terror: Fear and Dread Down the Ages' (2000). His Arthurian novel 'Galahad' (2003) won the Peninsula Prize and his latest books are The Tregerthen Horror (2006) and 'Under the Shadow of Meon Hill'. He was among the international scholars asked to contribute to Scribner's 'Dictionary of Ideas'.

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Author : Paul Nigel Newman
Publisher : Abraxas Editions
Data Published : 28 May 2010
ISBN : 1898343136
EAN : 9781898343134
Format Book : PDF, Epub, DOCx, TXT
Number of Pages : 240 pages
Age + : 15 years
Language : English
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