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Thomas B. Costain (1885–1965)

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Verk av Thomas B. Costain

The Silver Chalice (1952) 1,344 exemplar
The Last Plantagenets (1962) — Författare — 668 exemplar
The Black Rose (1945) 563 exemplar
The Three Edwards (1958) — Författare — 545 exemplar
The Magnificent Century (1951) — Författare — 522 exemplar
The Conquering Family (1951) — Författare — 490 exemplar
Below the Salt (1957) 336 exemplar
The Darkness and the Dawn (1959) 239 exemplar
The Tontine [Complete] (1901) — Författare — 213 exemplar
High Towers (1949) 209 exemplar
William the Conqueror (1959) 194 exemplar
Stories to Remember {complete} (1956) — Redaktör — 181 exemplar
The Mississippi Bubble (1902) 163 exemplar
Son of a Hundred Kings (1950) 163 exemplar
The Moneyman (1947) — Författare — 154 exemplar
Ride with Me (1944) 151 exemplar
Stories to Remember, Volume I (1956) — Redaktör — 144 exemplar
30 Stories to Remember (1962) — Redaktör — 132 exemplar
Read With Me (1965) — Redaktör — 128 exemplar
The Last Love (1963) 127 exemplar
Stories to Remember, Volume II (1956) — Redaktör — 125 exemplar
The Conquerors (The Pageant of England) (1949) — Författare — 120 exemplar
A History of the Plantagenets (1949) — Författare — 96 exemplar
More Stories to Remember, Volume II (1958) — Redaktör — 94 exemplar
The Tontine [Volume 2] (1955) — Författare — 91 exemplar
More Stories to Remember, Volume I (1958) — Redaktör — 82 exemplar
The Tontine [Volume 1] (1955) 82 exemplar
The Chord of Steel (1960) 66 exemplar
For My Great Folly (1942) — Författare — 57 exemplar
More Stories to Remember, Volumes I & II (1958) — Redaktör — 55 exemplar
XII Twelve Short Novels (1961) — Redaktör — 34 exemplar
For My Great Folly [and] The Moneyman (1947) — Författare — 31 exemplar
The Silver Chalice [1954 film] (1952) — Original book — 17 exemplar
More Stories to Remember, Volume IV (1958) — Redaktör — 8 exemplar
More Stories to Remember, Volume III (1958) — Redaktör — 8 exemplar
For My Great Folly (abridged) — Författare — 1 exemplar

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Costain, Thomas Bertram
Farringdon Cemetery, Brantford, Ontario, Canada
Canada (birth)
USA (naturalized)
Brantford, Ontario, Canada
New York, New York, USA
heart attack
Brantford, Ontario, Canada
New York, New York, USA
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA
Brantford Collegiate Institute
newspaper editor
university professor
historical novelist
Haycraft, Molly Costain (daughter)
The Saturday Evening Post
Priser och utmärkelser
Doctor of Letters, University of Western Ontario
Gold medallion, Canadian Club of New York
Kort biografi
Thomas B. Costain

was born
in Brantford, Ontario, Canada, and attended high school at the Brantford Collegiate Institute. Before graduating from high school, he had already written four novels, none of which were accepted for publication.

In 1902, he had his first literary success when the Brantford Courier published a mystery story of his, and he became a reporter at the paper at age 17. He later was an editor at the Guelph Daily Mercury and the Maclean Publishing Group. In 1914, he became a staff writer for, and later editor of, Maclean's Magazine. His work there brought him to the attention of The Saturday Evening Post in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, where he served as fiction editor for 14 years.

In 1920, he became a naturalized U.S. citizen. He worked for Doubleday Books as an editor from 1939 to 1946. He also was the head of 20th Century Fox’s story development department from 1934 to 1942. Costain was 57 years old when he published his first historical novel, For My Great Folly (1942), about the 17th-century rivalry between England and Spain. It was an immediate bestseller, and Costain was soon able to retire from Doubleday to become a full-time writer. In the years that followed, he published books almost annually, and his vivid and carefully researched stories continued to be hits with the public. The best-known of his works are The Black Rose (1945), which was adapted into a film starring Tyrone Power, and The Silver Chalice (1952), also made into a film. In addition, Costain utilized his outstanding abilities to make history compelling to produce well-received nonfiction histories, including a four-volume series on the English Plantagenet dynasty, The Conquering Family (1949), The Magnificent Century (1951), The Three Edwards (1958), and The Last Plantagenets (1962). Costain married Ida Randolph Spragge in 1910, and the couple had two children, one of whom was Molly Costain Haycraft, who also became an historical novelist.



A decent story that concerns Attila the Hun, the declining Roman Empire and certain tribes that had been subjugated by the conqueror - centered on a man taken prisoner by the Romans, who escapes and goes into service for Attila - there is a lackluster love interest - nothing too compelling - his "The Black Rose" is a much better read.
BayanX | 6 andra recensioner | Jul 16, 2023 |
2021 reread via Kindle book from OCLN:
Just as good as I had remembered - I had forgotten most of the details of Costain's 4 book history of the Plantagenets but the wonderful way that he wrote stuck with me. This first book covers Henry II, Richard I (the Lionhearted) & John - the 3 Angevin kings.
leslie.98 | 11 andra recensioner | Jun 27, 2023 |
FROM AMAZON: Spanning 60+ years, beginning on the day Waterloo was won, it is a multigenerational story of 3 families during the Industrial Revolution. Lots of detailed descriptions of life among the varied social classes, it has been likened to stories by Dickens. It’s a very good historical fiction.
A tontine is a life insurance scheme, stratified by age. Enrollees received payouts after an initial growth period, the amounts determined by the number of living recipients. Over time, as participants died, the payouts became more and more substantial. Towards the end, when the recipients became a mere handful, all sorts of betting occurred in the general populace on who would be the last survivor.

FROM GOODREADS: Tontine is a form of gambling - part lottery, part insurance. It begins with the Day the Battle of Waterloo was fought and ends at the closing of the 19th Century. Its cast includes Actors, Kings, Sailors, Artists, etc. It is filled with romance.
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Gmomaj | 1 annan recension | Jun 4, 2023 |
Read long ago and still remember how great it was.

FROM AMAZON: Basil of Antioch, a young and skilled artisan freed from slavery, braves the perils of Christian persecution, the sorcery of the infamous Simon the Magician, and even the ire of Roman Emperor Nero, while diverted by the charms of two beautiful women, one good and one evil... How does he come in touch with THE SILVER CHALICE? This is the great and moving epic of the Cup of the Last Supper from which Jesus drank on the eve of his betrayal and the artist who made it...… (mer)
Gmomaj | 16 andra recensioner | Jun 4, 2023 |



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