Authors: L. A. G. Strong

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English novelist

Author Works

Long Fiction:

Dewer Rides, 1929

The Jealous Ghost, 1930

The Garden, 1931

The Brothers, 1932

Sea Wall, 1933

Corporal Tune, 1934

The Seven Arms, 1935

The Last Enemy, 1936

The Swift Shadow, 1937

Laughter in the West, 1937

The Open Sky, 1939

The Bay, 1941

The Directory, 1944

Trevannion, 1948

The Hill of Howth, 1953

Deliverance, 1955

Short Fiction:

Doyle’s Rock, and Other Stories, 1925

The English Captain, 1929

The Big Man, 1931

Don Juan and the Wheelbarrow, 1932

Tuesday Afternoon, and Other Stories, 1935

Sun on the Water, 1940

Travellers, 1945

Darling Tom, 1952

Poetry:

Dallington Rhymes, 1919

Dublin Days, 1921

Twice Four, 1921

Says the Muse to Me, Says She, 1922

Eight Poems, 1923

The Lowery Road, 1923

Seven, 1924

Difficult Love, 1927

At Glenan Cross, 1928

Northern Light, 1930

Selected Poems, 1931

March Evening, 1932

Call to the Swans, 1936

The Body’s Imperfection, 1957

Nonfiction:

Common Sense About Poetry, 1932

A Letter to W. B. Yeats, 1932

Life in English Literature, 1932 (with Monica Redlich)

The Hansom Cab and the Pigeons, 1935

The Minstrel Boy, 1937

John McCormack, 1941

The Sacred River, 1949

Maude Cherrill, 1950

The Writer’s Trade, 1953

Dr. Quicksilver, 1955

Green Memory, 1961

Biography

Leonard Alfred George Strong, of Irish descent, spent part of his childhood in the vicinity of Dublin and retained staunch ties with his Irish Protestant heritage, upon which he drew for much of his fiction. He was educated on scholarships at Brighton College and at Wadham College, Oxford. After being exempted from military service on account of disability, he began to teach at Summer Fields, a preparatory school near Oxford, in 1917. There he remained twelve years before moving to London in 1930 to devote himself to writing. Interested in speech and its development, he also taught oral interpretation of drama and broadcast for the British Broadcasting Corporation. His interest in regional dialects is reflected in his poems of rustic life.{$I[AN]9810000017}{$I[A]Strong, L. A. G.}{$I[geo]ENGLAND;Strong, L. A. G.}{$I[tim]1896;Strong, L. A. G.}

Strong became known first for his poems, some of which show affinities with the work of Thomas Hardy. His succinct lyric portrayals of provincial life express satire, pathos, and laughter. Outstanding among his poems are “An Old Woman, Outside the Abbey Theatre,” which is epigrammatically ironic in a manner worthy of William Butler Yeats, and “The Mad Woman of Punnet’s Town,” which depicts vitality and joy. After deciding to live by his writing, he concentrated on works of prose; most of his novels, short stories, and essays were published in rapid succession. As a novelist he is at his best in treatments of rural domestic scenes and in his realistic handling of conversation. In his late years he wrote several crime stories featuring the character of Ellis McKay, a Scotland Yard detective indifferently successful at solving cases by induction. In these short novels Strong, like his friend C. Day Lewis, who wrote under the pseudonym Nicholas Blake, holds to the British tradition of “playing fair” with the mystery-reading public.

With English readers he achieved great celebrity as the author of short stories. For the 1945 collection titled Travellers Strong was awarded the James Tait Black Memorial Prize. His other works include works for young readers and several penetrating critical studies, notably his study of James Joyce in The Sacred River.

BibliographyBerger, Laura Standley, ed. Twentieth-Century Children’s Writers. 4th ed. Detroit: St. James Press, 1995.Kirkpatrick, D. L., ed. Twentieth-Century Children’s Writers. New York: St. Martin’s Press, 1978.Seymour-Smith, Martin, ed. Novels and Novelists: A Guide to the World of Fiction. New York: St. Martin’s Press, 1980.
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