Spend a Literary Day in Oxford

Oxford is steeped in Literary history and there’s plenty to see even if you only have a day. For some of the sights you just have to know where to look.

Windsor Castle: How Queen Mary’s Dolls’ House Library Helped Boost An Economy

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.

Brighton, Sanditon, and Why You Should Never Humiliate Jane Austen

This entry is part 7 of 7 in the series Austen's England & The Open Palace Programme

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.

Beckford’s Tower: Holiday in a Writer’s Retreat

This entry is part 6 of 7 in the series Austen's England & The Open Palace Programme

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.

Preservation of a Bibliophile’s Retreat

This entry is part 5 of 7 in the series Austen's England & The Open Palace Programme

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.

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