Freud's couch, Scott's buttocks, Brontë's grave by Brontë, Charlotte / / Homes and haunts / England / Haworth;

By Brontë, Charlotte / / Homes and haunts / England / Haworth; Freud, Sigmund / / Homes and haunts / England / London; Scott, Walter / Sir / / Homes and haunts / Scotland; Shakespeare, William / / Homes and haunts / England / Stratford-upon-Avon; Wordswo

The Victorian period used to be the excessive element of literary tourism. Writers comparable to Charles Dickens, George Eliot, and Sir Walter Scott turned celebrities, and readers trekked all over the place for a glimpse of the areas the place their heroes wrote and proposal, walked and talked. Even Shakespeare was once roped in, as Victorian marketers reworked quiet Stratford-upon-Avon right into a mixture shrine and vacationer trap.

Stratford keeps to entice the travelers at the present time, as do many different websites of literary pilgrimage all through Britain. And our smooth age can have no greater consultant to such areas than Simon Goldhill. In Freud's sofa, Scott’s Buttocks, Brontë's Grave, Goldhill makes a pilgrimage to Sir Walter Scott's baronial mansion, Wordsworth's cottage within the Lake District, the Bront ë parsonage, Shakespeare's birthplace, and Freud's workplace in Hampstead. touring, up to attainable, via tools to be had to Victorians—and gamely negotiating distractions starting from damaged bicycles to a flock of laughing jap schoolgirls—he attempts to determine what our forebears have been trying to find at those websites, in addition to what they must say to the trendy brain. What does it subject that Emily Brontë’s hidden passions burned during this particular room? What does it suggest, specially now that his popularity has light, that Scott self-consciously equipped an extravagant fort appropriate for Ivanhoe—and star-struck travelers visited it whereas he used to be nonetheless dwelling there? Or that Freud's meticulous activity of his Vienna place of work is now a meticulously preserved museum of itself? Or that Shakespeare’s birthplace positive factors pupil actors declaiming snippets of his performs . . . within the backyard of a home the place he potentially by no means wrote a unmarried line?

Goldhill brings to those inquiries his trademark wry humor and a lifetime's engagement with literature. the result's a trip publication like no different, a reminder that even at the present time, the writing existence nonetheless has the ability to inspire.

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Alexander the Great traveled on his expeditions of world conquest with a copy of the Iliad under his pillow, as he tried to live up to Achilles as his role model. And he built a string of cities called Alexandria to perpetuate his renown. Lots of love poets, like Ovid, promised their lover’s name would live forever (if only she would sleep with a poor artist: the original kiss and tell . ). But modern celebrity, which allows one, finally, to be famous for being famous, looks like a different thing from Alexander’s pursuit of military dominance of the world and his program of city foundation.

The readers for the University of Chicago Press were exceptional for the understanding they evinced in their reports and the trouble they took in reading with such care. Most profound thanks to my wife, for traveling, reading, and putting up with the whole project. She found several new ways to articulate “Reader, I married him” during the composition of this book. 1 THE GOLDEN TICKET I HAVE NEVER STOPPED being slightly anxious about the premise of this book. “Make a pilgrimage,” proposed my editor over a grilled tuna salad.

Writing about such trips became significant explorations of self- formation and helped make walking fashionable for others, especially hopeful writers. ” Not only were dozens of walking tour books produced, but also essays about the principle and theory of walking. ” The trip to the writer’s house also took on the full weight of this new notion of walking: getting there was as important a process as the visit itself. ” The walk to the house of the writer itself became invested with the significance of a pilgrimage.

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