House of Fiction: From Pemberley to Brideshead, Great British Houses in Literature and Life (Hardback)Phyllis Richardson (author)
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Phyllis Richardson takes us on a journey through history to discover how authors' personal experiences in their homes helped to shape the imaginative dwellings that have become icons of English literature: Virginia Woolf's love of Talland House in Cornwall is palpable in To the Lighthouse, just as London's Bloomsbury is ever-present in Mrs Dalloway. E.M. Forster's childhood home at Rook's Nest mirrors the idyllic charm of Howards End. Evelyn Waugh plotted Charles Ryder's return to Brideshead while a guest at Madresfield. Jane Austen was no stranger to a manor house or a good ballroom. And Horace Walpole's `little Gothic castle' in Twickenham inspired him to write the first English Gothic novel, The Castle of Otranto.
But the English country house, from the idyllic to the unloved, is also viewed through a modern lens - Kazuo Ishiguro's Darlington Hall, Ian McEwan's Tallis House, Alan Hollinghurts's Two Acres. Using historic sources, authors' biographies, letters, news accounts, and the novels themselves, The House of Fiction presents some of the most influential houses in Britain through the stories they inspired, while offering candid glimpses of the writers who brought them to life.
'Excellent. A book to keep in the glove compartment for impromptu detours.' - The Times
Number of pages: 480
Weight: 766 g
Dimensions: 240 x 159 x 38 mm
'A fascinating tour of real and literary bricks and mortar ... [Richardson's] research is formidable. Her book does much more, though, than track real architectural detail in made-up houses. It reveals key imaginative shifts in British authors' attitudes to homes over the years' Sunday Times'The real houses that haunt English fiction' Guardian
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