Arthur Ransome, born January 18, 1884, is best known around the world for his Swallows and Amazons series. This series is based on the holiday adventures of children who sailed and explored the lakes and mountains of England.
Arthur was born in Leeds, England. To share his love of nature with his newborn son, Arthur’s father carried him up to the top of Coniston Old Man (later to become ‘Kanchenjunga’ in the books).
Arthur Ransome’s first job was with a London publisher, followed by working as a foreign correspondent for the Manchester Guardian. He traveled to Russia and later published a collection of Russia folktales. Arthur Ransome died on June 3, 1967. In 1990, The Arthur Ransome Society, based at the Abbot Hall Museum of Lakeland Life and History in Kendal, England, was established. The purpose of the Society is to celebrate the life, promote the works, and diffuse the ideas of Arthur Ransome.