Posted by Ed Kiser on September 20, 2017 at 06:11:58 user Kisered.
In Reply to: Re: Class and language in the books posted by Peter Hyland on September 19, 2017 at 06:44:05:
Peter... I am GLAD that others using e-books can now have the pleasure I have enjoyed these many years by having access to Machine-Readable TXT files of the Ransome Twelve. My collection has been the source of many a search. And as for those requests from Tarboard to look up "[high tea]" or whatever, I was glad to do so, and found the results very educational for myself as well.
My TXT files were created well before E-books became all that available. They were the result of determination and the pleasure of re-living my childhood adventures with my childhood friends. Typing them in, I got to see EVERY punctuation mark, every BRITISH spelling that my American spell checker would protest about, and get to see EVERY passage, some of which I felt were somehow previously skimmed over, and delightfully finally to add them to my reading experiences, yet amazed to find that I had not remembered ever seeing that piece before. It was a labour of love (my American spell checker just threw up on "labour") that continues to bring to bring me great pleasure and enhances that wonderful Ransome experience.
I have learned much from his Twelve, and am grateful he put it all together. And I am grateful to my Tarboard "friends" that have enhanced those experiences for me. That gratitude is also to Tony Richards for his sharing his camera and its photo collection showing the land that Ransome wrote about, giving me the REAL view of the place my childhood friends took me to, to share with them the beauties of those locations otherwise so foreign to me. That photo collection is now over 24 THOUSAND pictures that have provided me with hours of slide shows to vicariously return me to that land of my childhood imagination.
Ed Kiser, Kentucky, USA [ firstname.lastname@example.org ]
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