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Rosemary Sutcliff, historical novelist, overcame disability to publish, over a span of forty years from 1950, more than fifty titles. Most are books for the young (billed for those of eleven and upwards, but having the style and tone to appeal both to older adolescents and to adults). Rosemary Sutcliff inhabits periods from classical Greece to the eighteenth century, but is best known for her renderings of the time when Britain was a province of the Roman Empire and the immediate aftermath of that time. Her protagonists are usually boys or young men who are in some way disadvantaged and must struggle to win the respect of themselves and their society. Her other books include novels for adults, retelling of traditional myths and legends (generally those centred on heroes), a memoir of her early years, and a biography of Kipling (an important influence on her work).
14 December 1920 Rosemary Sutcliff was born during a blizzard, at West Clandon in Surrey, the only surviving child of her parents. Bibliographic Citation link.
23 July 1992 RS died at St Richard's Hospital in Chichester. Bibliographic Citation link.
1993 The year after RS died, three strikingly different posthumous books by her appeared: Black Ships Before Troy. The Story of the Iliad, which retells Homer's epic poem in novel form; The Minstrel and the Dragon Pup, a kind of fairy tale which begins with the finding of a strange and lovely egg on the seashore; and the adult picture-book Chess-Dream in a Garden. Bibliographic Citation link.
3 July 1997 RS's final novel, Sword Song, saw print posthumously. This was transcribed from her draft by her cousin Anthony Lawton and edited by Jill Black. Bibliographic Citation link.
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