Rosemary Sutcliff’s Sword at Sunset is in first-person singular

Original Hardback cover Rosemary Sutcliff's Sword at Sunset Arthurian historical novel

When I started writing Sword at Sunset I made at least three false starts, but I couldn’t think what was the matter. I knew exactly what the story was that I wanted to tell, but it wouldn’t come. Then suddenly the penny dropped: it had to be first-person singular. I had never done first-person singular before, but the moment I started doing it that way it came, like a bird. But I had problems with it: first-person singular is very different from third-person writing, and I had no experience of it at all. But it was the only way it could be written.

Source: Raymond Thompson | Taliesin’s Successors: Interviews with Authors of Modern Arthurian Literature 

Author: Anthony Lawton

Chair, Sussex Dolphin, family company which looks after the work of eminent children’s & historical fiction author Rosemary Sutcliff (1920-92). Formerly CEO, chair & trustee of various charity, cultural & educational enterprises in UK.

2 thoughts on “Rosemary Sutcliff’s Sword at Sunset is in first-person singular”

  1. The most compelling book I ever read; a beautiful work, that rivals Tolkien its its breadth of imagination and far exceeds him in its intuitive understanding of human nature and its frailties.

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    1. I am delighted you rate it so highly. I too…actually I never really got on with Tolkein after an intial teenage enthusiasm. Thanks for posting.

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