The Poldark series and other fiction and non-fiction by Winston Graham
Gentle reader, this part of my website is meant as a handy place for people to find evaluative
commentary on a worthy body of work neglected by academics: the historical fiction and non-fiction of Winston Graham.
While there are on-line websites about Graham, the central ones I've found are commercial, set up by Pan
Macmillan to sell books, or are fan websites. I did find one Literary Society (linked in below) that I have joined. The academic criticism that I've found is about his mystery and
suspense fiction. I am neither selling any of his books nor am I sure I'm a fan. My particular interest is in his historical fiction and its accompanying film adaptations.
I find Graham's Poldark cycle to be superior 20th century historical fiction set in the 18th century.
You will here find all my blogs on Graham's Poldark series in the order the novels occur. I've begun a section
on the film adaptations of the Poldark series. There are also blogs on his mystery and suspense novels,
his travel book, and autobiography.
Godolphin House, Cornwall (used as Trenwith, the Poldark family home in 1975-76 BBC Poldark mini-series)
A list, a listserv, a paper and an archive
Poldark and Graham archives
The Poldark Novels
Other historical fiction
- Ross Poldark (Cornwall 1783-87) 1: The Revenant
- Ross Poldark (1783-87) 2: Teaching the novel, On the pleasures & uses of popular historical fiction & romance
- Demelza (1788-1790) 1: Mistress Poldark, Herstory
- Demelza (1788-1790) 2: Teaching the novel, A Young Lady's Entrance into the World
- Jeremy Poldark (1790-1791): In the Midst of Life there is Death
- Warleggan (1792-1793): Unabiding Renegade, Sexual Possession, The power of life and death
- The Black Moon (1794-95) 1: Re-entry, the land, politics, love & marriage, young woman for sale
- The Black Moon (1794-95) 2: Violence the basis of order; Coerced marriage as continual rape
- The Four Swans (1795-97): “There is no transference — can be no transference — of experience”
- The Angry Tide (1798-99) 1: A Murder brings A Reprieve
- The Angry Tide (1798-99) 2: Failure in London; Elizabeth’s death
- The Stranger from the Sea (1810-11): A Falling Off
- The Miller’s Dance (1812-13): Alive with history
- The Loving Cup (1813-15): Demelza's courage
- The Twisted Sword (1815 – 1990): Deliver us from swords and curs
- Bella Poldark (1818-20): The Last Poldark
- The Second Quartet (1): The Stranger from the Sea, The Miller's Dance
- The Second Quartet (2): The Loving Cup, The Twisted Sword
- The Forgotten Story (Cornwall 1898): Again marital rape, again Cornwall
- Cordelia (A Manchester story, 1869): An Independent woman
- The Grove of Eagles (Cornwall, 1595-98)Problematic Nature
of Historical Writing
A Cornish Mine on the seacoast, from the front cover of the 1970s Poldark imprints
Angharad Rees as Demelza Carne, asking Ross, what makes him think she is all alone
in the world with no one to turn to and no place to go? (1975-76 BBC Poldark mini-series)
Robin Ellis as Ross Poldark, listening as bargaining with, Mr Trencomb, a smuggler
(1975-76 BBC Poldark mini-series)
- The Poldark mini-series and 1996 film; a new adaptation by Deb Horsfield
- Blogs which include material on or relevant to the Poldark novels and films
Kevin McNally as Drake Carne and Jane Wymark as Morwenna Chynoweth, an early entrancing
encounter on the beach with the child, Geoffrey Charles (1977-78 BBC Poldark mini-series)
- Mystery and Suspense novels and their film adaptations
- Bibliography and Other online sites
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