Literary London : A Street by Street Exploration of the Capital's Literary Heritage, Paperback Book

Literary London : A Street by Street Exploration of the Capital's Literary Heritage Paperback

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From the Globe at Bankside to the Wimpole Street home of Elizabeth Barrett Browning, London is, and always has been, crammed with literary life. Playwrights, novelists, diarists, poets and essayists throughout the centuries have roamed its streets, met in its cafes and retaurants and strolled in its parks and gardens. They have been inspired by its monuments, churches, law courts and theatres and have created fictional Londoners as diverse as Mr Pickwick, Sherlock Holmes, Bertie Wooster, Mrs Dalloway and Winston Smith, whose fortunes are played out against a London backdrop. This updated edition of The Penguin Literary Guide to London is a must for all book lovers and readers.


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 464 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
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  • Category: Literary studies: general
  • ISBN: 9780141026244

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Survey of London literary connections on a street by street and area by area basis. Numerous snippets of information about writers who lived in London through the centuries. Plus info on fictional characters and locations. includes small maps and themed self guide walks through London , it's an alternative guide when visiting London. Features the bookshops of different areas . A good book to dip into and savor from your armchair.

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The author figuratively walks through London and identifies the literary significance of different areas and addresses. This book is very thick with references to <b>George Orwell</b> and those coming before him, a little light on those after (although a fair amount of <b>Iain Sinclair</b> and <b>Peter Ackroyd</b>), but the author acknowledges this and reasonably excuses it with appeals to space limitations. I have to admit I didn't read every word of this book, but I did read all the parts that were interesting or relevant to me. And there were some really interesting and gruesome vignettes! What I really liked about this book is that he covers all of Greater London--not just the touristy bits around Buckingham Palace, the Tower of London, and Hyde Park. He has organized it geographically by the capital's postal districts. There is also an author index. <b>Recommended for</b>: this is a must-have reference for any lover of literature who is going to spend some time in London.

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