Andrew Sinclair in 2018

Andrew Annandale Sinclair FRSL FRSA (born 21 January 1935) is a British novelist, historian, biographer, critic and filmmaker. He was a founding member of Churchill College, Cambridge and a publisher of classic and modern film scripts.

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Writer and filmmakerEdit

Born in Oxford, England, Sinclair undertook his National Service with the Coldstream Guards and wrote a novel based on the experience, called The Breaking of Bumbo (1959).[1] In 1970 he directed a film of that name, for which he wrote the screenplay; it starred Joanna Lumley.[2]

Sinclair directed the film, now regarded as a classic, of Under Milk Wood, featuring Richard Burton as the narrator. His book The Better Half: The Emancipation of the American Woman won the Somerset Maugham Prize in 1967.[3] His biographies have covered a wide variety of famous people: Che Guevara, Dylan Thomas, Jack London, John Ford, J Pierpont Morgan and Francis Bacon. He was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature in 1972.[4] His most recent work is his autobiography, Storytelling: A Sort of Memoir (2018).[5]

HistorianEdit

Sinclair was Director of Historical Studies, Churchill College, Cambridge, 1961–63; and Lecturer in American History, University College London (UCL), 1965–67.[6] His writings on persons and themes of American history are identified in his bibliography, below.

Screenplay publisherEdit

In 1966 Sinclair, with Peter Whitehead (filmmaker), founded Lorrimer Publishing, which published the original screenplays of classic films. Wrote Sheridan Morley: "Their format is a simple one: the script itself, with detailed descriptions where action takes over from the words, published with a brief introduction and sideline notes where necessary." .[7] Some 70 filmscripts were published, including The Blue Angel and The Third Man.

Personal lifeEdit

Andrew Sinclair married firstly Marianne Alexandre in 1960 (later divorced) and had one son Timon Alexandre Sinclair; secondly Miranda Seymour, daughter of George Fitzroy Seymour (cadet branch of Marquess of Hertford and Duke of Somerset of Thrumpton Hall) and Rosemary Nest Scott-Ellis, daughter of Thomas Evelyn Scott-Ellis, 8th Baron Howard de Walden (1880–1946), on 17 October 1972 (marriage dissolved 6 June 1984) and had one son Merlin George Sinclair; thirdly Sonia Melchett, widow of British Steel Corporation Chairman Julian Mond, 3rd Baron Melchett, on 25 July 1984, without issue.[8] Through his third marriage, Sinclair is the stepfather of Peter Mond, 4th Baron Melchett, politician and environmentalist, and Kerena Ann Mond and Pandora Mond, the artist.[9]

In the 1960s Sinclair was instrumental in saving from demolition the historic buildings in Narrow Street, Limehouse. For his book The Last of the Best (1969), he was assisted by Jacquemine Charrott Lodwidge as researcher.[10]

BibliographyEdit

Non-fictionEdit

  • Prohibition: The Era of Excess (1962)
  • The Better Half: The Emancipation of the American Woman (1965)
  • A Concise History of the United States (1967, revised and updated 1999)
  • Viva Che!: The Strange Death and Life of Che Guevara (1968, re-released 2006, Sutton ISBN 0-7509-4310-6)
  • The Last of the Best: The Aristocracy of Europe in the Twentieth Century (1969)
  • Guevara (Fontana Modern Masters, 1970)
  • Dylan Thomas: Poet of His People (1975)
  • Jack: A Biography of Jack London (1977)
  • John Ford: a Biography (1979)
  • Corsair: The Life of J Pierpont Morgan (1981)
  • The Other Victoria (1985)
  • The Red and the Blue: Cambridge, Treason and Intelligence (1986)
  • War Like a Wasp: The Lost decade of the Forties (1989)
  • The Discovery of the Grail (Century, 1998)
  • The Naked Savage (1991, London: Sinclair-Stevenson)
  • Francis Bacon: His Life and Violent Times (1993)
  • Arts and Cultures: The History of the Fifty Years of the Arts Council in Great Britain (1996
  • Death by Fame: A Life of Elisabeth Empress of Austria (1998)
  • Dylan the Bard: A Life of Dylan Thomas (1999, Constable; 2003, Robinson ISBN 1-84119-741-6)
  • An Anatomy of Terror (Macmillan, 2003)
  • Storytelling (Ashgrove Publishing, 2018)

FictionEdit

  • The Breaking of Bumbo. London, Faber, and New York, Simon and Schuster, 1959; Penguin edition 1961 (cover by George Adamson).
  • My Friend Judas. London, Faber, 1959; New York, Simon and Schuster, 1961.
  • The Project. London, Faber, and New York, Simon and Schuster, 1960.[11]
  • The Hallelujah Bum. London, Faber, 1963; as The Paradise Bum, New York, Atheneum, 1963.
  • The Raker. London, Cape, and New York, Atheneum, 1964.
  • Gog. London, Weidenfeld and Nicolson, and New York, Macmillan, 1967.
  • Magog. London, Weidenfeld and Nicolson, and New York, Harper, 1972.
  • The Surrey Cat. London, Joseph, 1976; as Cat, London, Sphere, 1977.
  • A Patriot for Hire. London, Joseph, 1978.
  • The Facts in the Case of E.A. Poe. London, Weidenfeld and Nicolson, 1979; New York, Holt Rinehart, 1980.
  • Beau Bumbo. London, Weidenfeld and Nicolson, 1985.
  • King Ludd. London, Hodder and Stoughton, 1988.
  • The Far Corners of the Earth. London, Hodder and Stoughton, 1991.
  • The Strength of the Hills. London, Hodder and Stoughton, 1992.
  • Blood and Kin: An Empire Saga. London, Sinclair-Stevenson, 2002.

Uncollected short storiesEdit

  • "To Kill a Loris," in Texas Quarterly (Austin), Autumn 1961.
  • "A Head for Monsieur Dimanche," in Atlantic (Boston), September 1962.
  • "The Atomic Band," in Transatlantic Review 21 (London), Summer 1966.
  • "Twin," in The Best of Granta. London, Secker and Warburg, 1967.

Selected filmographyEdit

Publisher of screenplays: bibliographyEdit

Film scripts published by Lorrimer Publishing, London:[12]

  • A Man and a Woman (Claude Lelouch)
  • Ashes and Diamonds, Kanal and A Generation (Andrjez Wajda)
  • A Nous la Liberté and Entr'Acte (René Clair)
  • Alphaville (Jean-Luc Godard)
  • A Woman Is a Woman, A Married Woman and Two or Three Things I Know About Her (Jean-Luc Goddard)[13]
  • Belle de Jour (Luis Buñuel)
  • Blow-Up (Michelangelo Antonioni)
  • Brief Encounter (Nöel Coward)
  • Children of Paradise (Marcel Carné)
  • Clockwork Orange (Stanley Kubrick and Anthony Burgess)[14]
  • Closely Watched Trains (Jim Menzel and Bohumil Hrabal)
  • Grand Illusion (Jean Renoir)
  • Greed (Eric von Stroheim)
  • If... (Lindsay Anderson and David Sherwin)
  • Ikuru (Akira Kurosawa)
  • Ivan the Terrible (Sergei Eisenstein)
  • Jules et Jim (François Truffaut)
  • King Henry V (Laurence Olivier)[15]
  • Knife in the Water, Repulsion and Cul-de-Sac (Roman Polanski)[16]
  • L'Age D'Or and Un Chien Andalou (Luis Buñuel)
  • Le Jour se Leve (Jacques Prévert and Marcel Carné)
  • Le Petit Soldat (Jean-Luc Godard)
  • M (Fritz Lang)
  • Made in USA (Jean-Luc Godard)
  • Masterworks of British Cinema (The Third Man; Kind Hearts and Coronets; Saturday Night and Sunday Morning)[17]
  • Metropolis (Fritz Lang)
  • Monkey Business and Duck Soup (Marx Brothers)
  • Mother (V. I. Pudovkin)
  • Oedipus Rex (Pier Paolo Pasolini)
  • Pandora's Box (Lulu) (G.W. Pabst)
  • Pierrot Le Fou (Jean-Luc Godard
  • Rules of the Game (Jean Renoir)
  • Seven Samurai (Akira Kurosawa)[18]
  • Shanghai Express and Morocco (Josef von Sternberg)
  • Six Moral Tales (Eric Rohmer)
  • Stagecoach (John Ford and Dudley Nichols)
  • The Band Wagon (Betty Comden, Adolph Green and Alan Jay Lerner)[19]
  • The Bank Dick (W. C. Fields)
  • The Battleship Potemkin (Sergei Esenstein)
  • The Bicycle Thieves (Vittorio De Sica)
  • The Blue Angel (Josef von Sternberg)
  • The Cabinet of Caligari (Robert Wiene)
  • The Complete Jean Vigo (Jean Vigo)
  • The Exterminating Angel, Nazarín and Los Olvidados (Luis Buñuel)
  • The Seventh Seal (Ingmar Bergman)
  • The Third Man (Graham Greene, Carol Reed and Andrew Sinclai)
  • The Threepenny Opera (Bertold Brecht)[20]
  • The Trial (Orson Welles)
  • Tillie and Gus (W. C. Fields)[21]
  • Tristana (Luis Buñuel)
  • Tillie and Gus (W. C. Fields)[22] uel
  • What? (Roman Polanski)[23]
  • Weekend and Wind From the East (Jean-Luc Godard)[24]
  • Wild Strawberries (Ingmar Bergman)

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Sinclair, Andrew Annandale". Who’s Who 2017. London: A & C Black. 2017. ISBN 9781472935014.
  2. ^ "IMDb, The Breaking of Bumbo". Retrieved 5 February 2018..
  3. ^ "Previous winners of the Somerset Maugham Awards". The Society of Authors. Retrieved 6 February 2018.
  4. ^ "Royal Society of Literature Current RSL Fellows". Royal Society of Literature. Retrieved 6 February 2018.
  5. ^ Ashgrove Publishing Ltd; "Amazon: Andrew Sinclair page". Retrieved 24 February 2018.
  6. ^ "Sinclair, Andrew Annandale". Who’s Who 2017. London: A & C Black. 2017. ISBN 9781472935014.
  7. ^ Morley, Sheridan (2011). "Wholly Experience: Lorrimer Series Review, "Films and Filming", 1966". Framework: The Journal of Cinema and Media. Drake Stutesman; Wayne State University Press. 52 (1): 362–3. JSTOR 41553490.
  8. ^ "Sinclair, Andrew Annandale". Who’s Who 2017. London: A & C Black. ISBN 9781472935014.
  9. ^ "Sinclair, Sonia Elizabeth". Who’s Who 2017. London: A & C Black. ISBN 9781472935014.
  10. ^ Andrew Sinclair, The last of the best: the aristocracy of Europe in the twentieth century (London: Macmillan, 1969), p. 186
  11. ^ Gale, Floyd C. (December 1961). "Galaxy's 5 Star Shelf". Galaxy Science Fiction. pp. 144–147.
  12. ^ Unless further stipulated, this bibliography derives from Morsberger, Robert E.; Morsberger, Katherine M. (1975). "Screenplays as Literature: Bibliography and Criticism". Film Literature Quarterly. Salisbury University. 3 (1): 45–59. JSTOR 43795384. and/or "Classic and Modern Film Scripts (Lorrimer) - Book Series List". Retrieved 24 February 2018.
  13. ^ Sterrit, David (1999). The Films of Jean-Luc Godard: Seeing the Invisible. Cambridge University Press. p. 279. ISBN 0521589711.
  14. ^ ISBN 978-0-85647-019-6
  15. ^ ISBN 9780856470042
  16. ^ ISBN 0856470929
  17. ^ Burton, Alan; Chibnall, Steve (2013). Historical Dictionary of British Cinema. Scarecrow Press. p. 537. ISBN 0810880261.
  18. ^ ISBN 0856470864
  19. ^ ISBN 9780856471186
  20. ^ ISBN 978-0-85647-006-6
  21. ^ ISBN 978-0-85647-017-2
  22. ^ ISBN 978-0-85647-017-2
  23. ^ [1]
  24. ^ Sterrit, David (1999). The Films of Jean-Luc Godard: Seeing the Invisible. Cambridge University Press. p. 279. ISBN 0521589711.

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