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Literary Bristol: Writers and the City
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Literary Bristol: Writers and the City (Paperback)

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‘They drew up in a black, deserted street where the lamps made lonely puddles of light on cracked paving stones and walked some distance to a crazy square that stank of rubbish thrown into abandoned areas. Cats, lean and predatory, lurked in overturned dustbins...’

As catalyst, progenitor and muse, the streets of Bristol, its factories and wharves, Avon Gorge and bucolic views have influenced some of our greatest authors, poets and playwrights. From Romantic and Gothic to New Wave – in the much-loved adventurers of Treasure Island and the dark horrors of Dracula and Frankenstein, the city is inspiration and muse.

Now, in Literary Bristol: Writers and the City we are introduced to its characters – rich and impoverished, weird and wonderful – and escorted by experts in the city’s literary tradition: our virtual tour guides across the ages, from Chatterton’s ingenious hoaxing and Robert Southey’s morbid interest in vampires, to Charles Wood’s

Dingo, a play that shook the foundations of post-war theatre.

We walk the decaying streets of Clifton with Angela Carter. With Southey, we scramble up the Gorge to the ‘high-hanging forest of the wind’ and are tormented by half-dead visitors to the Spa. We eavesdrop on Ann Yearsley, weeping for the ‘bleeding victims’ of Bristol’s trade in human cargo, and discover, unexpectedly, the stage for the first performance of Tom Stoppard’s first play.

Essays & WritingLiterary CriticismLiterary studies: generalHistory & PoliticsLocal interest, family history & nostalgiaLocal history Publisher: Redcliffe Press Ltd Publication Date: 28/08/2015 ISBN-13: 9781908326737  Details: Type: Paperback Format: Books
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