Ronald Pearsall

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Ronald Joseph Pearsall (20 October 1927 – 27 September 2005) was an English writer whose scope included children's stories, pornography and fishing.[1]

His most famous book The Worm in the Bud (1969) was about Victorian orgies, prostitution and fetishism.[2] A prolific writer, his other books included three on popular music between 1837 and 1929, several on the history of sexuality and many on antiques. He held other jobs as a shoe shop assistant, cinema manager and store detective.[3] His book The Table Rappers (1972) was an exposure of fraud mediums, tricksters and charlatans in Spiritualism.[4]

Bibliography[edit]

  • 1966: Is That my Hook in your Ear? a light-hearted look at angling. London: Stanley Paul
  • 1969: The Worm in the Bud: the world of Victorian sexuality. London: Weidenfeld and Nicolson ISBN 0-297-17663-3
  • 1972: The Exorcism. London: Sphere Books ISBN 0-7221-6742-3 (a novel)
  • 1972: The Possessed. London: Sphere Books ISBN 0-7221-6737-7 (a novel)
  • 1972: The Table-rappers. London: Michael Joseph ISBN 0-7181-0645-8
  • 1972: Victorian Sheet Music Covers. Newton Abbot: David & Charles ISBN 0-7153-5561-9
  • 1973: Collecting Mechanical Antiques. Newton Abbot: David & Charles ISBN 0-7153-5879-0
  • 1973: Edwardian Life and Leisure. Newton Abbot: David & Charles ISBN 0-7153-6121-X
  • 1973: Victorian Popular Music. Newton Abbot: David & Charles ISBN 0-7153-5689-5
  • 1974: Collecting and Restoring Scientific Instruments. Newton Abbot: David & Charles ISBN 0-7153-6354-9
  • 1974: Inside the Antique Trade/ Shaldon: Keith Reid ISBN 0-904094-03-0 (with Graham Webb)
  • 1975: Collapse of Stout Party: Victorian wit and humour. London: Weidenfeld and Nicolson ISBN 0-297-77020-9
  • 1975: Edwardian Popular Music. Newton Abbot: David & Charles ISBN 0-7153-6814-1
  • 1975: Night's Black Angels: the forms and faces of Victorian cruelty. London : Hodder and Stoughton ISBN 0-340-17392-0
  • 1976: The Alchemists. London: Weidenfeld and Nicolson ISBN 0-297-77086-1
  • 1976: The Belvedere. London: Weidenfeld and Nicolson ISBN 0-297-77064-0 (a novel)
  • 1976: Popular Music of the Twenties. Newton Abbot: David & Charles ISBN 0-7153-7036-7
  • 1976: Public Purity, Private Shame: Victorian sexual hypocrisy exposed. London: Weidenfeld and Nicolson ISBN 0-297-77122-1
  • 1977: Conan Doyle: a biographical solution. London: Weidenfeld and Nicolson ISBN 0-297-77272-4
  • 1978: Tides of War. London: Michael Joseph ISBN 0-7181-1602-X (a novel)
  • 1979: The Iron Sleep. London: Michael Joseph ISBN 0-7181-1761-1 (a novel about the first World War)
  • 1981: Tell me, Pretty Maiden: the Victorian and Edwardian nude. Exeter: Webb & Bower ISBN 0-906671-24-8
  • 1986: Making and Managing an Antique Shop.Newton Abbot: David & Charles ISBN 0-7153-8905-X
  • 1988: The Joy of Antiques. Newton Abbot: David & Charles ISBN 0-7153-0028-8
  • 1989: Sherlock Holmes Investigates the Murder in Euston Square. Newton Abbot: David & Charles ISBN 0-7153-9331-6
  • 1990: Antique Furniture for Pleasure and Profit. Newton Abbot: David & Charles ISBN 0-7153-9387-1
  • 1991: The David & Charles Encyclopedia of Everyday Antiques. Newton Abbot: David & Charles ISBN 0-7153-9868-7
  • 1991: Lifesaving: the story of the Royal Life Saving Society; the first 100 years. Newton Abbot: David & Charles ISBN 0-7153-9867-9
  • 1991: Painting Abstract Pictures. Newton Abbot: David & Charles ISBN 0-7153-9460-6
  • 1992: Antique Furniture Almanac . Moffat: Lochar ISBN 0-948403-73-X
  • 1996: Illustrated Guide to Collecting Antiques. New York: Todtri ISBN 1-57717-000-8
  • 1996: Lost at Sea: great shipwrecks of history. New York: Todtri ISBN 1-880908-52-2
  • 1996: Painting Course: introduction to drawing: watercolour, gouache and tempera: pastel and acrylic: oil painting. London: Chancellor ISBN 1-85152-973-X (originally published in four separate vols. London: Trodd, 1990)
  • 1997: A Connoisseur's Guide to Antique Clocks & Watches. New York: Todtri ISBN 1-57717-044-X
  • 1997: A Connoisseur's Guide to Antique Furniture. New York: Smithmark ISBN 0-7651-9234-9
  • 1997: A Connoisseur's Guide to Antique Pottery & Porcelain. New York: Smithmark ISBN 0-7651-9235-7
  • 1997: A Connoisseur's Guide to Antique Silver. New York: Smithmark ISBN 0-7651-9236-5
  • 1998: Myths and Legends of Ireland. New York: Todtri ISBN 1-880908-43-3
  • 1999: A Connoisseur's Guide to Antique Dolls. New York: Todtri ISBN 1-57717-150-0
  • 1999: A Connoisseur's Guide to Antique Jewellery. New York: Todtri ISBN 1-57717-152-7
  • 1999: A Connoisseur's Guide to Antique Toys. New York: Todtri ISBN 1-57717-151-9
  • 1999: Kings & Queens : a history of British monarchy. New York: Todtri ISBN 1-880908-97-2
  • 1999: Mysterious Places of the World. New York: Todtri ISBN 1-57717-157-8
  • 1999: The Romance of Travel. New York: Todtri ISBN 1-57717-156-X
  • 2000: A Connoisseur's Guide to Antique Glass. New York: Todtri ISBN 1-57717-153-5
As editor
  • 1972: A Secret Diary: the intimate memoirs of Vicar Veitch. London: David Bruce & Watson ISBN 0-85127-001-8

References[edit]

  1. ^ Head, Raymond (October 2005). "Obituary:Ronald Pearsall". The Guardian. Retrieved 20 March 2010. 
  2. ^ Book Review for The Worm in the Bud
  3. ^ Adrian, Jack (October 2005). "Obituary: Ronald Pearsall". The Independent. Retrieved 20 March 2010. 
  4. ^ The Telegraph. (2005). Ronald Pearsall. Obituary.