When the Oxford Literary Guide first appeared, it was hailed by The Times of London as "the finest reference work of its kind," while a TLS reviewer reported that he had road-tested the book on a journey from London to Herefordshire. This trip normally takes under four hours. His literary pilgrimage took four days.
Now in a new edition, with over 100 places added, as well as 137 more authors, this beautifully illustrated, over-sized volume lists hundreds of places in Britain and Ireland and details their connections with the lives of famous writers. This popular guide provides over 300 illustrations of writers, their houses, and the landscapes that inspired them, as well as a wealth of curious information and entertaining anecdotes. Take a tour of Poets' Corner, in Westminster Abbey, where you can find Chaucer's canopied tomb, a monument to Shakespeare with lines from The Tempest, the grave of Dickens, and tablets to Dylan Thomas, T.S. Eliot, and W.H. Auden, among many others. Read how the Cumbrian Lake District's breathtaking scenery inspired the "Lake Poets" Wordsworth, Coleridge and Southey, and how Keats' "Ode to a Grecian Urn" was written after he saw the Athenian sculptures at the British Museum. Walk through Chelsea to see where of A.A. Milne, Mark Twain, and Bram Stoker lived. Or travel off the beaten path, to Liverpool, for instance, where bankruptcy led Washington Irving to write the great American classic Rip Van Winkle, or to Muckross, where the author of Baron Munchausen, himself a spinner of tall tales, conned a landowner into buying property planted with samples of rich ore, or to Near Sawrey, where Beatrix Potter owned a seventeenth-century farmhouse.
Arranged for easy reference, with maps and an index of writers, The Oxford Illustrated Literary Guide to Great Britain and Ireland will help readers experience the richness of this great literary heritage.
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About the Editors:
Dorothy Eagle and Hilary Carnell prepared the original edition of the Oxford Literary Guide. Meic Stephens is a former Literature Director of the Welsh Arts Council and editor of The Oxford Companion to the Literature of Wales.
A vast encyclopedic reference, this guide provides information on the homes, churches, universities, and geographic areas connected with British and Irish literature, complete with maps and an annotated index of authors. Also included are quotations and exquisite illustrations of writers, their homes, and landscapes such as the scene of Sir Walter Scott's inspiration for Kenilworth . Revised from the first edition (1981. o.p.), this second edition has added new places and authors, many of them women. The most delightful feature, however, remains the tidbits of information, often humorous, about the writers and their works. For instance, one entry mentions Dylan Thomas's immortalizing a bathroom containing an aviary. This book will guide the traveler, whether mental or physical, to new enjoyment of British literature. Strongly recommended for all libraries.
- Nancy R. Ives, SUNY at Geneseo
Copyright 1992 Reed Business Information, Inc.
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