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Monday, 22 April 2013

Lawrence R. Bourne

Lawrence R. Bourne - books on the sea in the 1920s and 1930s. If anyone knows any personal details about this writer please leave a comment.  Stephen

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  1. Please let me know why you want this information and what exactly you want to know

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  3. This blog involves research into writers for children and was focussing then on books on the sea. I came across the Coppernob books, and others but did not find a biography. Many writers used pseudonyms, or is this a real name? Does anyone know birth and death dates? I also have a bog on literature for children which tries to find out about writers of children's books.

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  4. I remember now. I was asked if I knew anything about L R Bourne by a researcher into children's literature in Newcastle.I included it in the blog because sometimes family member offer some biographical details. Stephen

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  5. Thanks to his grand-daughter Kathy, his real name was Lawrence Harbourn, and died in 1945. Works (mainly in 1920s and 1930s)include Seamanship (a scouting manual), Coppernob Buckland, Coppernob - Second Mate,Captain Coppernob, Copppernob - Ship Owner, The Radium Casket,Radium Island,The Fourth Engineer,Saving His Ticket, Eastward Bound - A Story of Modern Smuggling, Well Tackled - A Story of a Shipyard, The Channel Pirate - A West Country Sea Story, The Chronicles of Jerry, Mixed Cargoes, The Treasure of the Hebrides, The Adventures of John Carfax, Stark Naked. There was a Lawrence R Bourne Omnibus (of Coppernob stories) in 1933. There is a French translation of Coppernob Buckland, Les aventures de Buckland "boule de cuivre"! (source: abebooks)

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    1. Add a 1936 omnibus of The channel pirate, The treasure of the Hebrides and The adventures of John Carfax.

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    2. Also add The Voyage of the Lulworth: A Story of the Great Days of Sail (Oxford UP) - info on back cover. It also notes that Radium Island was sequel to The Radium Casket. The Adventures of John Carfax has the subtitle A Story of the Press Gang. Mixed Cargoes is a collection of short stories.

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  6. It may be a red herring but a Lawrence Harbourn started at Brigg Grammar School in 1889, suggesting a birthdate in 1877-8 giving him an age at death of around 68. See http://www.briggensians.net/thelibrary/BGSTO1969.pdf

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  7. The majority of books written by Laurence R Bourne for children were actually written by my great (great) grandfather C J Kaberry using the L R Bourne name as a pseudonym.

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  8. Please tell me more (because see other comments) Stephen

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    1. CJ Kaberry seems to have had a more general list of school books including Bible stories and nature books, though I see there is one of sea stories. Again, please tell me why you make this connection.

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