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All the Day Long

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Title:All the Day Long
Author:
Spring, Howard   
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Published:   1959
Publisher:Collins
Tags:Cornwall, England, fiction
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Maria Legassick is the youngest of the three daughters of a Cornish vicar, and she tells here the story of what happened, in a swiftly-changing world, to herself, her sisters, and her brilliant, gifted brother—Roger whom she loved too well; Louisa whom she admired but could never love; Bella whom she more and more despised.

The book opens as an idyll in a beautiful part of Cornwall, with the vicarage looking out upon the sea, the stern old isolated father writing away for ever at ecclesiastical books that no one read; Roger dreaming of a career in scholarship; Louisa impatient, passionate, eager to be away and at work in a world she wants to change; Bella slothful and asking of life nothing but its unmindful satisfactions; in the background a chorus of rustics, including the sexton Thomas May, one of those Howard Spring characters who go to the heart. Maria is the observer who outlives them all.—Introduction. [Suggest a different description.]

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Author Bio for Spring, Howard

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Howard Spring (10 February 1889–3 May 1965) was a Welsh author and journalist who wrote in English. He began his writing career as a journalist but from 1934 produced a series of best-selling novels for adults and children. The most successful was Fame Is the Spur, which was later adapted into a film starring Michael Redgrave and, later still a BBC TV series.

Born in Cardiff, the son of a jobbing gardener, Spring was forced to leave school at the age of twelve, when his father died, to start work as an errand boy. He later became an office boy at a firm of chartered accountants in Cardiff Docks and then a messenger and later a reporter at the offices of the South Wales Daily News. In 1911, he moved to the Yorkshire Observer. Spring moved to the Manchester Guardian in 1915 and stayed for over fifteen years. He reported on the First World War and during the conflict worked for the Intelligence Department in France.

Spring was a successful writer, who combined a wide understanding of human character with technical skill as a novelist. His method of composition was painstaking. Each morning he would shut himself in his room and write a thousand words, steadily building up to novels of around 150,000 words. He rarely made major alterations to his writings.

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