Let me introduce myself! I’m Elizabeth, librarian, historian & Bill Bryson wannabe. Let me be your resource for all things literary travel related! Explore literature in a whole new way and help spread a love of the written word!
Did you know Sir Arthur Conan Doyle wrote an original manuscript, and it’s about one inch tall? Queen Mary’s Dolls’ House, on display at Windsor Castle, has a library filled with tiny original manuscripts by several now famous classic writers such as J. M. Barrie, and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, as well as the famous cartoonist Fougasse.
A Suitcase Full of Books has been selected as a recipient of an Impact Fund Little Free Library. A library kit, box of books, and stand have arrived. With a little paint and construction, the new library will be opened this coming summer!
Jane Austen’s final unfinished manuscript parodies the aristocratic society of a fictional town modeled on Brighton, possibly due to humiliation by Prince Regent George IV.
While some reclusive writers favor retreats hidden away, William Beckford instead built a tall tower everyone could see, with no inclination of inviting anyone inside. If you’re looking for a quiet retreat with a reading nook above the rooftops, the lower rooms of Beckford’s Tower are available for weekend rentals.
Have you ever thought about what goes into the preservation of the historic author museums we all love to visit? Let me tell you, so much more goes on behind the scenes than you’ll ever realize during your visit.
If like me, you can’t visit Bath during the annual Jane Austen festival -I desperately would love to attend!- don’t worry! You can still get into character and spend the day pretending to be Catherine Morland.
Romeo, as he came to be known, was a an unusually large black wolf that showed up in our town the winter of 2003. Living with black bears in our back yards, it is not uncommon to have large wild mammals sharing our spaces, but a wolf was rare.
Jane Austen never really liked Bath, and didn’t do much writing while living there. Despite her disdain, Bath has become one of the more popular destinations for Austen fans. Not only did Austen live in Bath for a time, but she also set scenes in the city in several of her novels. Despite recognizing the absurdity of memorializing the author in a place she was happy to leave, I spent some time visiting several locations in Bath related to Austen and her brilliant heroines, starting with the Jane Austen Centre.
If you take the time to wander around Bath, You’ll probably get lost You’ll begin to notice that everything. looks. the same., and You’ll feel so relaxed you won’t mind. Let me be the first to warn you. It’s all a facade! A big, giant, deception largely built by Britain’s high-class 18th century Georgian society.
I’d been feeling nervous and jittery, and beginning to wonder if I’d made an enormous mistake when 4 simple words dispelled my anxiety. Only hours ago I’d arrived in a new city, been introduced to twenty girls with whom I’d spend the next three weeks, and I’d retained the names of exactly zero so far.