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London : a literary companion
Vansittart, Peter.
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Publication Information:
London : Murray, [1992]

Physical Description:
vi, 311 pages, 12 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 23 cm
General Note:
Includes index.
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PR110.L6 V36 1992 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks

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There is no city more talked about, or written about, than London. Each district, each landmark has literary associations hardly separable from the stones themselves. Some of them are well known, even hackneyed. Here you can see suburbia through the eyes of P.G. Wodehouse, or blitzed ruins through those of Rose Macaulay, or Hampstead society through Ezra Pound's. Max Beerbohm can introduce you to the goat that used to live in Piccadilly, and Victor Hugo to Charles II's watchman, whose job was to crow like a cock. You can watch G.B. Shaw dance in Fitzroy Square, with a chorus line of policemen, and see G.K. Chesterton and Hilaire Belloc ride donkeys into the Ritz. Here you can see Dr Johnson perform a citizen's arrest, observe Marx extracting money from Engels, watch E.M. Forster help E. Nesbit set fire to models of surburban villas, and learn about Queen Victoria's liking for nudes.

Author Notes

Historical fiction author Peter Vansittart was born in Bedford, England. He attended Winchester College and Worcester College. He was the director of the Burgess Hill school in Hampstead, London from 1947 to 1959. His first novel, I Am the World, was published in 1942. He wrote and edited more than 50 books in his lifetime including The Death of Robin Hood; The Game and the Ground; Green Kights, Black Angels; Voices from the Great War; and Survival Tactics. He died on October 4, 2008 at the age of 88.

(Bowker Author Biography)