The Wry Romance of the Literary Rectory (Hardback)
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The Wry Romance of the Literary Rectory (Hardback)

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Hardback Published: 25/03/2013
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Village rectories, the traditional family homes of church ministers, have had a long association with writers in Britain. For many, the Georgian rectory nestling against an historic church immediately evokes a scene from a Jane Austen novel, for others it conjures up something much darker, the parsonage at Haworth where the Bronte sisters were confined. In this engaging book, Deborah Alun-Jones selects a range of authors from the seventeenth century to the twenty-first, for whom the rectory was either the childhood home that nurtured their creative talent or the place they chose to live as an adult and from which they drew inspiration. Each chapter explores the life of a writer during the time they lived at a particular rectory/ parsonage or vicarage and the effect it had on them. The story is often heartwarming, with amateur theatricals and games of tennis, but in several cases it is a tale where the serene exterior belies the tensions within but it was those very tensions that yielded some of our greatest poetry and literature.

Publisher: Thames & Hudson Ltd
ISBN: 9780500516775

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“The Wry Romance of the Literary Rectory”

This is an entertaining if confused book providing mini biographies on various literary figures who have lived for periods of life in Rectories. The aim of the author is finally summed up in the last few pages that... More

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12th March 2013
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“For lovers of classical literature”

I would definitely recommend this book to lovers of classical novels and poetry. While a rectory may seem a strange vehicle to convey a writer on his or her journey, there is more than a tentative link here. We can... More

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24th March 2013
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“Aunhor's case unproven”

Having read this well written book, for me the central idea remained unproven; a rectory exerting a special influence on an author and their works. I started out thinking this book would self-evidently be all about... More

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22nd March 2013
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