14/11/2010 The Alliance of Literary Societies website lists 125 member groups on its website; an eclectic mix ranging from Francis Bacon to Angela Thirkell and covering some interesting ground in between. As well as providing links to websites where available the site also includes postal addresses for groups which aren’t currently online.
Suggested reading: GENERAL OVERVIEWS Daniel Hahn and Nicholas Robins, The Oxford Guide to Literary Britain u0026#038; Ireland. Oxford University Press, Third Edition, 2008. Margaret Drabble and Jorge Lewinski, A Writer’s Britain: Landscape in Literature. Thames and Hudson, 1979. GROUP BIOGRAPHIES, ESSAYS, ETC. Simon Trezise, The West Country as a Literary Invention: Putting Fiction in its Place. University of Exeter Press, 2000. Geoff Dyer, The Missing of the Somme. Hamish Hamilton Ltd, 1994. Daisy Hay, Young Romantics: The Shelleys, Byron and other Tangled Lives. Bloomsbury, 2010. Robert Gittings and Jo Manton, Claire Clairmont and the Shelleys. Oxford University Press, 1992. Edward John Trelawny, Records of Shelley, Byron, and the Author. Penguin 1973. Richard Holmes, The Romantic Poets and Their Circle. National Portrait Gallery, 2005. Stephen Hebron, The Romantics and the British Landscape. The British Library, 2006. William St Clair, The Godwins and the Shelleys: The Biography of a Family. Faber and Faber Limited, 1989. Kathleen Jones, A Passionate Sisterhood: The sisters, wives and daughters of the Lake Poets. Constable, 1997. Alethea Hayter, A Sultry Month: Scenes of London Literary Life in 1846. Robin Clark Limited, 1992. Regina Marler, Bloomsbury Pie: the Story of the Bloomsbury Revival. Virago, 1997. John Betjeman, ed.,…
The Elevation by Mary Chudleigh
A Northern Suburb by John Davidson
The Figure Head by Crosbie Garstin
The Sea-bird’s Cry by R. S. Hawker
The Wreck by R. S. Hawker
Madame Life by W. E. Henley
March by William Morris
November by William Morris
The Lady of Place by Henry Sewell Stokes
John Keats: a brief biography
John Keats (1795-1821). Portrait by Charles Armitage Brown, 1819 * * * * * John Keats was born in London on 31st October, 1795, the eldest of five children, one of whom died in infancy. The first few years of his life are obscure but it is known that at the time of his parents’ marriage his father was working at the Swan and Hoop in Moorgate – an inn and stables owned by Keats’ maternal grandfather. In 1797, when his brother George was born, the family were living to the north of the City Road, and they were still living there in 1799 at the time of the birth of a third son, Tom. By 1803 Keats’ father had become manager of the inn, and the family, now including a daughter, Fanny, was living in Moorgate. In the same year Keats and George were sent as boarders to Clarke’s School, Enfield. Keats’ father died in 1804 following a fall from a horse, and his mother in 1810 of consumption. A few months after his mother’s death the fourteen-year-old Keats began a five-year apprenticeship as a surgeon-apothecary in Edmonton, taking meals with his employer’s family and sleeping in an attic…
William Morris: a brief biography
‘If a chap can’t compose an epic poem while he’s weaving tapestry he had better shut up.’ * * * * * As well as being one of the most popular poets of his day, William Morris (24 March 1834-3 October 1896), was an outstanding designer and craftsman and a dedicated political thinker. He was born in Walthamstow and educated at Marlborough and Oxford. At Oxford he met his life-long friend Edward Burne-Jones and in 1856 the two young men moved to London and became part of the circle of the Pre-Raphaelite painter and poet Dante Gabriel Rossetti. In 1857 Rossetti was commissioned to supervise decorative work in the new Oxford Union building. He enlisted his friends for this task, and during this period Morris met his future wife, Jane Burden. Morris and Jane married in 1859 and although their initial happiness did not last they remained together until Morris’s death. When Jane became involved in a relationship with Rossetti, he and Morris took on the lease of a house at Kelmscott in Oxfordshire, providing a refuge for Jane and the two children, and a place where she and Rossetti could be together away from the public gaze. Morris was…
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