Thomas Burke (author)

Thomas Burke
Thomas Burke (29 November 1886 – 22 September 1945) was a British author.wikipedia
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Limehouse Nights

His first successful publication was Limehouse Nights (1916), a collection of stories centred on life in the poverty-stricken Limehouse district of London.
Limehouse Nights is a 1916 short story collection by the British writer Thomas Burke.

Broken Blossoms

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That same year, American film director D. W. Griffith used another tale from the collection, "The Chink and the Child" as the basis of his screenplay for the movie Broken Blossoms.
It is based on Thomas Burke's short story "The Chink and the Child" from the 1916 collection Limehouse Nights.

Dream Street (film)

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Griffith based his film Dream Street (1921) on Burke's "Gina of Chinatown" and "Song of the Lamp".
Dream Street is a 1921 American silent romantic drama film directed by D. W. Griffith, and starring Carol Dempster, Charles Emmett Mack, and Ralph Graves in a story about a love triangle set in London, and based on two short stories by Thomas Burke, "Gina of Chinatown" and "Song of the Lamp".

Limehouse

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His first successful publication was Limehouse Nights (1916), a collection of stories centred on life in the poverty-stricken Limehouse district of London.
Thomas Burke wrote Limehouse Nights (1916), a collection of stories centred around life in the poverty-stricken Limehouse district of London.

Eltham

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He was born in Eltham, London (back then still part of Kent).
Thomas Burke, author, was born in Eltham.

Broken Blossoms (1936 film)

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The film was remade in 1936.
The film is based on the short story "The Chink and the Child" by Thomas Burke from his collection Limehouse Nights (1916), and was produced at Twickenham Studios in London.

Beryl and the Croucher

The 1949 British spiv film No Way Back is based on Burke's Beryl and the Croucher.
Beryl and the Croucher is a short story by the British writer Thomas Burke which was part of his 1916 collection Limehouse Nights.

No Way Back (1949 film)

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The 1949 British spiv film No Way Back is based on Burke's Beryl and the Croucher.
No Way Back was based on the short story Beryl and the Croucher by Thomas Burke, from his 1916 collection Limehouse Nights, who was known for his writings set in the East End of London.

Kent

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He was born in Eltham, London (back then still part of Kent).

D. W. Griffith

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That same year, American film director D. W. Griffith used another tale from the collection, "The Chink and the Child" as the basis of his screenplay for the movie Broken Blossoms.

Clapham

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Thomas Burke was born Sydney Thomas Burke on 29 November 1886 in Clapham, a southern suburb of London that by the turn of the century had fallen out of favour with the middle-classes.

Poplar, London

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Burke's father died when he was barely a few months old and he was eventually sent to live with his uncle in Poplar.

Bloomsbury

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Burke died in the Homeopathic Hospital in Queens Square, Bloomsbury on 22 September 1945.

East End of London

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Furthermore, in this work he states that while growing up as an orphan in the East End he befriended a Chinese shopkeeper named Quong Lee from whom he learned about Chinese life in London.

World War I

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Set during World War I in a declining British Empire, Limehouse Nights aggravated already present anxieties.

British Empire

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Set during World War I in a declining British Empire, Limehouse Nights aggravated already present anxieties.

H. G. Wells

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Consensus is largely positive, praise coming from such notable authors as H.G. Wells and Arnold Bennett.

Arnold Bennett

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Consensus is largely positive, praise coming from such notable authors as H.G. Wells and Arnold Bennett.

Rudyard Kipling

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Unlike Kipling, who wrote at the height of empire in distant India, however, recent interpretation suggests Burke found critical success by bringing the exotic home, providing escape for a public caught in the unprecedented brutality of World War I.

India

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Unlike Kipling, who wrote at the height of empire in distant India, however, recent interpretation suggests Burke found critical success by bringing the exotic home, providing escape for a public caught in the unprecedented brutality of World War I.

James Greenwood (journalist)

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Burke's writing follows in the tradition of James Greenwood and Jack London with his non-fiction, journalistic representation of London streets and the people in them.

Jack London

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Burke's writing follows in the tradition of James Greenwood and Jack London with his non-fiction, journalistic representation of London streets and the people in them.

Literary realism

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Ultimately, Burke's style is that of a blend of realism and romanticism.

Romanticism

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Ultimately, Burke's style is that of a blend of realism and romanticism.