Thorndike, Russell

Russell Thorndike (1885-1972), brother of the actress Dame Sybil Thorndike, was an actor and author. He is best known for his series of swashbuckling novels depicting the clergyman Doctor Syn, alias Captain Clegg the pirate alias The Scarecrow, chief of the Romney Marsh smugglers.
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Doctor Syn Returns, Collected edn 1954 (Russell Thorndike)Thorndike introduced his famous character to the world in 1915 with Doctor Syn, but it was twenty years before he produced Doctor Syn on the High Seas which expanded on the character's early career as the pirate Clegg. Further novels appeared almost annually until 1939, and then the final instalment appeared in 1944.

The third, Doctor Syn Returns, was published in 1936; it is this book which describes the second alias, the Scarecrow, head of the smugglers of Romney Marsh.

This jacket is from the collected edition, issued after World War II.

ReproJacket #213-B-1, size 190.2x425mm
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Doctor Syn, 1st edn 1915 (Russell Thorndike [as Thorndyke])Russell Thorndike's first novel, written in his late twenties, was Doctor Syn.  This melodramatic thriller described the life and death of Christopher Syn of Dymchurch in Kent parson, pirate and smuggler chief.  The first issue by Thomas Nelson in 1915 misspelt the author's surname as Thorndyke.

Here we have an Esprit ReproJacket which shows the book's decorated boards together with the front panel of the original jacket.

ReproJacket #317-A-1 Esprit, size 197x490mm.
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Doctor Syn, Cape Florin edn 1936 (2nd printing) (Russell Thorndike)Russell Thorndike's original story concerning Doctor Syn was reprinted by Jonathan Cape in 1933 for their Florin series, and here is the 2nd printing jacket issued in 1936.

ReproJacket #360-B-1, size 182.5x406mm
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Doctor Syn, Collected edn 1951 (Russell Thorndike)The Collected (or "Collection") Edition of all seven of the Doctor Syn novels was published in 1951 by Rich & Cowan.

ReproJacket #322-1951-1, size 189.7x404mm.
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The Further Adventures of Doctor Syn, Collected edn 1959 (Russell Thorndike)Thorndike introduced his famous character to the world in 1915 with Doctor Syn, but it was twenty years before he produced Doctor Syn on the High Seas which expanded on the character's early career as the pirate Clegg. Further novels appeared almost annually until 1939, and then the sixth, The Shadow of Doctor Syn, appeared in 1944.  The progenitor, Doctor Syn, was then described as the final instalment of the saga.

This jacket is from the collected edition, issued after World War II.

ReproJacket #365-1959-1, size 189.3x426mm
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The Shadow of Doctor Syn, Collected edn 1958 (Russell Thorndike)Thorndike introduced his famous character to the world in 1915 with Doctor Syn, but it was twenty years before he produced Doctor Syn on the High Seas which expanded on the character's early career as the pirate Clegg. Further novels appeared almost annually until 1939, and then the sixth, The Shadow of Doctor Syn, appeared in 1944.  The progenitor, Doctor Syn, was then described as the final instalment of the saga.

This jacket is from the collected edition, issued after World War II.

ReproJacket #323-1958-1, size 190.5x407mm