Further Reading

Each of the authors featured here has been well served in terms of critical biography. There are also pictorial books which illustrate the world a particular writer would have known. This list, however, is of books linking writers and places in a more general sense.

  • Alan Bold, Scotland; A Literary Guide (1989)
  • Susan and Thomas Cahill, A Literary Guide to Ireland (1973)
  • Robert Cooper, The Literary Guide and Companion to Southern England (1985)
  • Margaret Crosland, A Traveller's Guide to Literary Europe (1966)
  • Andrew Davies, Literary London (1988)
  • Margaret Drabble, The Oxford Companion to English Literature (1985)
  • Margaret Drabble, A Writer's Britain; Landscape in Literature (1979)
  • Dorothy Eagle and Meic Stephens (eds), The Oxford Illustrated Literary Guide to
    Great Britain and Ireland (1992)
  • Jeremy Evans, Classic Literary Walks (1990)
  • Geoffrey Fletcher, Pocket Guide to Dickens' London (1976)
  • John Freeman, Literature and Locality (1963)
  • Juliet Gardiner, The Brontes at Haworth (1992)
  • R. L. Green, Authors and Places (1963)
  • W. J. Keith, The Rural Tradition (1975)
  • F. B. Pinion, A Hardy Companion (1968)
  • Trevor Royle, The Macmillan Companion to Scottish Literature (1983)
  • Meic Stephens, The Oxford Companion to the Literature of Wales (1986)
  • George Williams, Guide to Literary London (1973)

Almost all the properties mentioned in this broadsheet produce their own inexpensive handbooks for the general visitor. Usually these concentrate less on biographical detail than on specific information relating to the properties' history and, especially, to their contents.


Other places to visit

Like the houses described in this broadsheet, all these properties have strong literary associations and may be visited. Some are open all year round, others during the tourist season from April to October, a few only occasionally. Always check times first.

  • Arnold Bennett Waterloo Road, Stoke-on-Trent, Staffs;
  • Edward Bulwer-Lytton Knebworth House, Herts;
  • Robert Burns Alloways, Ayrs;
  • Thomas Carlyle The Arched House, Ecclefechan, Dumfriess and Cheyne Row, Chelsea;
  • John Clare Northborough, Cambs;
  • William Cobbett Farnham, Surrey;
  • Samuel Coleridge Nether Stowey, Somerset;
  • Thomas Cowper Olney, Bucks;
  • Charles Dickens Dover Street, Central London;
  • Benjamin Disraeli Hughenden, Bucks;
  • George Gissing Wakefield, W Yorks;
  • Henry James Lamb House, Rye, E Sussex;
  • Jerome K Jerome Belsize House, Walsall, W Midlands;
  • Samuel Johnson Lichfield, Staffs and off Fleet Street, London;
  • Francis Kilvert Langley Burrell, Wilts;
  • Rudyard Kipling Bateman's, Burwash, W Sussex;
  • T E Lawrence Clouds Hill, Dorset;
  • John Milton Chalfont St Giles, Bucks;
  • John Ruskin Brantwood, Cumbria;
  • Sir Walter Scott Abbotsford, Roxburghs;
  • Anna Sewell Great Yarmouth, Norfolk;
  • William Shakespeare Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwicks;
  • George Bernard Shaw Ayot St Lawrence, Bucks;
  • Edith Sitwell Wood End, Scarborough, N Yorks;
  • Laurence Sterne Shandy Hall, Coxwold, N Yorks;
  • Alfred Tennyson Somersby, Lines and Farringford, Isle of Wight;
  • Horace Wai pole St Mary's College, Strawberry Hill, Twickenham;
  • Gilbert White Selborne, Hants;
  • William Wordsworth Wordsworth House, Cockermouth, Dove Cottage, Grasmere and Rydal Mount, all Cumbria;
  • Virginia Woolf Monk's House, Rodmell, E Sussex.

1914-1953 - Dylan Thomas

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