The Madonna Of The Astrolabe

The Madonna Of The Astrolabe None

  • Title: The Madonna Of The Astrolabe
  • Author: J.I.M. Stewart
  • ISBN: 9780393088014
  • Page: 225
  • Format: Hardcover
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    About the Author

    J.I.M. Stewart

    Full name John Innes MacKintosh Stewart Published mysteries under the pen name of Michael Innes.Stewart was the son of Elizabeth Jane n e Clark and John Stewart of Nairn His father was a lawyer and director of Education in the city of Edinburgh Stewart attended Edinburgh Academy, where Robert Louis Stevenson had been a pupil for a short time, and later studied English literature at Oriel College, Oxford In 1929 he went to Vienna to study psychoanalysis He was lecturer in English at the University of Leeds from 1930 to 1935, and then became Jury Professor of English in the University of Adelaide, South Australia.He returned to the United Kingdom to become Lecturer in English at the Queen s University of Belfast from 1946 to 1948 In 1949 he became a Student of Christ Church, Oxford By the time of his retirement in 1973, he was a professor of the university.Using the pseudonym Michael Innes, he wrote about forty crime novels between 1936 and 1986 Innes s detective novels are playfully highbrow, rich in allusions to English literature and to Renaissance art Sinuous, flexible and effortlessly elegant, Stewart s prose is refreshingly free of all influence by Strunk White The somewhat ponderous writing style and analysis of character, particularly in the early novels, is frequently Henry Jamesian The best known of Innes s detective creations is Sir John Appleby originally Inspector John Appleby of Scotland Yard, who is a feature of multiple books Other novels also feature the amateur but nonetheless effective sleuth, painter and Royal Academician, Charles Honeybath The two detectives meet in Appleby and Honeybath Some of the later stories feature Appleby s son Bobby as sleuth.Stewart also wrote studies of Rudyard Kipling, Joseph Conrad, and Thomas Hardy His last publication was his autobiography Myself and Michael Innes 1987.In 2007, his estate transferred all of Stewart s copyrights and other legal rights to Owatonna Media.

    140 Comment

    • Helen said:
      Sep 20, 2018 - 01:13 AM

      I am enjoying this slow trawl through the five novels, of which this is the fourth. It is Trinity Term, and Duncan is settling in as an unexpected don; his old tutor dies, another is showing signs of loss of grip, and there is a crisis (or is there?) over the college tower, for which the college needs a large sum of money. Disappointed in expectations in one direction, the problem appears to be solved on the discovery of a beautiful unknown painting in a forgotten part of the college. Of course [...]

    • Katrina said:
      Sep 20, 2018 - 01:13 AM

      This is the fourth book in a very entertaining series set in an Oxford College. piningforthewest/2017/0

    • Ian Brydon said:
      Sep 20, 2018 - 01:13 AM

      I have always been a fan of the roman fleuve, and count Anthony Powell’s Dance to the Music of Time, C P Snow’s Strangers and Brothers and especially Simon Raven’s Alms for Oblivion sequences among my favourites. I had tended to group J. I. M. Stewart's marvellous five novel sequence A Staircase in Surrey as being on a par with them. It does, after all, include Young Pattullo, which is possibly my favourite novel ever (out of about five thousand that I have read to date).I have, however, f [...]

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