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A Writer's Britain

Margaret Drabble


The highly acclaimed exploration of the way in which the British landscape is both represented and symbolized in British literature


Nearly all British poets and novelists have had their roots in a particular region, described with varying degrees of love and intimacy. Some of them consciously identify themselves with this sense of place – Wordsworth with the Lakes, Hardy with Wessex, Crabbe with East Anglia. In others the association is more subtle. In this 'enormously evocative and rewarding anthology of the English genius loci' (in the words of Richard Holmes), Margaret Drabble, herself a star in the literary firmament, explores the part that this feeling for locality and landscape has played, often quite unobtrusively, and shows how pervasively it has fashioned some of the greatest works in the language.


'Drabble makes lively connections, parallels and distinctions … one of the great pleasures of the book is its quotations, generous in length, pertinently chosen … instructive and entertaining'
The Spectator

'An understanding of social history as deep as her knowledge of literature'
The Times

'A sensitive and, at times, moving survey of the relationship between place and writer'
Contemporary Review

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Book Details

Format: Hardback

Edition Type: Gift edition

Size: 21.5 x 13.5 cm

Extent: 288 pp

Publication date: 7 September 2009

ISBN: 9780500514931

Contents List

Foreword • Sacred Places • The Pastoral Vision • Landscape as Art The Romantics • The Industrial Scene • The Golden Age • Maps

About the Author

Margaret Drabble is an author and novelist.