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Ransome, J Stafford

Entry updated 10 January 2022. Tagged: Artist, Author.

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(1860-1931) UK engineer, cartoonist and author, who published under his own name, as by S R, and as by The "Blunderland" Cartoonist. He was responsible for the illustrations for, and possibly collaborated to some extent in the writing of, the Clara in Blunderland sequence of political Satires beginning with Clara in Blunderland (1902), whose main author Harold Begbie wrote here as Caroline Lewis, a joint pseudonym shared for this book by M H Temple (1862-1928). Ransome is of interest in his own right for Jeannie Jemima Jones: The Adventures of a Runaway Girl on a Desert Island (1905) as by The "Blunderland" Cartoonist, whose young protagonist – the tale is ostensibly written for children, but the Satire is directed to adults – is shipwrecked on a desert Island, where she exuberantly engages on Robinsonade-inflected romps, in the course of which she encounters and becomes close to an evolved race of monkeys (see Apes as Human), whose sad fate helps impel her back to "civilization". [JC]

James Stafford Ransome

born London: 6 December 1860

died London: 26 August 1931




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