By Simon Goldhill
The Victorian period used to be the excessive aspect of literary tourism. Writers similar to Charles Dickens, George Eliot, and Sir Walter Scott turned celebrities, and readers trekked everywhere for a glimpse of the areas the place their heroes wrote and notion, 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 maintains to trap the travelers this present day, as do many different websites of literary pilgrimage all through Britain. And our smooth age may have no greater consultant to such locations 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 Brontë parsonage, Shakespeare's birthplace, and Freud's workplace in Hampstead. touring, up to attainable, via equipment on hand to Victorians—and gamely negotiating distractions starting from damaged bicycles to a flock of guffawing jap schoolgirls—he attempts to parent what our forebears have been trying to find at those websites, in addition to what they need to say to the fashionable brain. What does it subject that Emily Brontë’s hidden passions burned during this particular room? What does it suggest, in particular now that his popularity has pale, that Scott self-consciously equipped an extravagant citadel appropriate for Ivanhoe—and star-struck travelers visited it whereas he was once 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 gains pupil actors declaiming snippets of his performs . . . within the backyard of a home the place he most likely 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 shuttle e-book like no different, a reminder that even this day, the writing existence nonetheless has the ability to inspire.
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