Writers And Their Houses: A Guide to the Writers' Houses of England, Scotland, Wales And Ireland; Essays By Modern Writers: Essays by Modern Writers - ... of England, Scotland, Wales and Ireland

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Remarkable photographs and fifty essays by renowned contemporary writers--such as Margaret Drabble, P. D. James, and Michael Holroyd--celebrate the British and Irish literary legends of the last four hundred years. 10,000 first printing.

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This collection features a wide range of contemporary writers, discussing the homes, lives and work of their predecessors, looking at the environments where some of the finest works of British literature were produced. The essay writers include John Fowles, Jeanette Winterson, Margaret Drabble, P.D. James, Seamus Heaney, Malcom Bradbury, A.N. Wilson, Penelope Fitzgerald, Michael Foot Ian McEwan, Claire Tomalin, Peter Porter and Jenny Uglow and Kenneth Baker. The reader is taken on a detailed tour through the work and homes of writers such as William Shakespeare, Beatrix Potter, James Joyce and Jane Austin. From lively social circles to places of retreat, the homes described here reveal unexpected facts about their occupant's taste, habits and eccentricities. Most of the houses are open to the public, little changed from their former ownership, and many retain their original possessions. Using the gazetteer, the reader can visit the houses and understand more clearly the culture which shaped some of Britain's most formidable literary minds.

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