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Canon is a word used to describe a fixed collection of text. In Arthur Ransome Wiki, canon refers to the following:

  1. Written works by Arthur Ransome
  2. Information from Arthur Ransome, from interviews, notes, diaries as long as it does not contradict a higher source, unless it purports to be correcting a higher source (for example, the 1929-1930-1931 paradox)
  3. Information from films, TV series etc based on Arthur Ransome works can be considered canon as long as it does not contradict a higher source

On the opposite end of the spectrum from canon is might have been, which consists of information, stories and supposition that has been created by fans or scholars, but which are not actually addressed in any of the canonical sources listed above. Presenting supposition, conjecture or extrapolation as fact on Arthur Ransome Wiki would be considered as vandalism. 'Might have been' can be marked within an article by adding the tag "{{Might have been}}".


Arthur Ransome Wiki accepts the Wayne Hammond and Roger Wardale resolution to the 1929-1930-1931 paradox as canon; that is, Swallowdaleis deemed to have occurred in 1930 and so forth. The source of the date paradox is that Arthur Ransome made a mistake. He acknowledged this and requested having the dates changed by his publisher, so that "1931" and "1901" printed in Swallowdale on the Kanchenjunga inscription would be altered to "1930" and "1900". The change was never made. The events surrounding this are described in Wayne Hammond's biography of Ransome[1]


  1. Hammond, Wayne G. Arthur Ransome: A Bibliography [Winchester Bibliographies of 20th Century Writers], St. Paul's Bibliographies, Winchester, Eng. / Oak Knoll Press, New Castle, Del. 2000 ISBN 1584560223/9781584560227