Shorelines: A Literary Guide to North-East Kent
Monica North with Magali Roberts


Written City: A Literary Guide to Canterbury
By Peter Brown, Stuart Hutchinson and Michael Irwin.

To Chaucer’s Parson it was ‘Jerusalem celestial’. Lyly thought the city ‘somewhat decayed yet beautiful to behold’. For Jane Austen Canterbury was a place where she and her brother ‘walked about snugly together and shopp’d’. A despondent Keats hoped that a visit would ‘set [him] forward like a Billiard Ball’. Cobbett found the city ‘remarkable for cleanliness and niceness, not withstanding it has a cathedral in it’. Dickens recalled ‘the sunny street … dozing as it were in the hot light’, whereas Karl Marx considered that the city ‘had no trace of poetry about it. Henry James noticed a cloister ‘very dusky and mouldy and dilapidated, and of course very sketchable’, and Virginia Woolf believed Canterbury to be lovelier than Florence or Venice.

This literary guide, now extensively revised, brings together over fifty writers from Chaucer to T. S. Eliot who responded to Canterbury and who helped to create the image of the city as it exists today.

Written City includes numerous illustrations, and directions for a series of trips on foot, by car and by bus to suit every kind of literary pilgrim.

The authors are members of the School of English at the University of Kent.

ISBN 0 947710 094 £4.95

Available from the Albion Bookshop, Mercery Lane, Canterbury


Literary Guides to Kent from Yorick Books
General editors Peter Brown, Stuart Hutchinson and Michael IrwinAlready published:

Written City: A Literary Guide to Canterbury
by Peter Brown, Stuart Hutchinson and Michael Irwin
ISBN: 0 947710 09 4

Shorelines: A Literary Guide to North-east Kent
by Monica North and Magali Roberts
In preparation:

The Channel Ports

The Isle of Thanet
Distributed exclusively by the Albion Bookshop,
Mercery Lane, Canterbury, to which
all enquiries should be made.


Literature and Place: 1800-2000
Edited by Peter Brown and Michael IrwinTen original essays examine the transactions between real places and the literary imagination, including the reinvention of real places in literary form, from 1800 to the present day. They deal with different kinds of locations (islands, countries, cities), the topoi writers use to articulate a sense of place (maps, ruins, landscape, history), their generic manifestations in fiction, travel writing, topography, (auto)biography and poetry, and the theoretical and methodological issues which arise. The focus moves outwards from local to regional and national issues, covering questions of cultural identity, space, representation, historicity, and modernity in England, Scotland, Ireland, France, Germany, the United States, and the South Pacific. The contributors are drawn from both sides of the Atlantic, and represent established scholars as well as newer voices.

Publisher: Peter Lang academic publishers



Select Booklist on Literature and Place with Special Reference to Kent
Bird, Eric and James, Lilian (eds).Writers on the Coast: Kent, Sussex, Hampshire & the Isle of Wight. Moreton-in-Marsh, Gloucs.: Windrush Press, 1992.
Brandt, Bill. Literary Britain. Ed. Mark Haworth-Booth. London: Victoria and Albert Museum in association with Hurtwood Press, 1984.
Brown, Christopher R. (comp.) Kentish Tales. Ed. Marion R. Hewitt. Maidstone: School Library Service, Kent County Library, for the School Library Association, n.d.
Church, Richard. The Little Kingdom: A Kentish Collection. London: Hutchison, 1964.
Cooper, Robert M. The Literary Guide and Companion to Southern England. Athens, Ohio, and London: Ohio University Press, 1985.
Crouch, Marcus. Kentish Books, Kentish Writers. [Maidstone]: Kent County Library and Kent County Council, 1989.
Daiches, David, and Flower, John. Literary Landscapes of the British Isles: A Narrative Atlas. New York and London: Paddington Press, 1979.
de Vaynes, Julia H. L. (ed.) The Kentish Garland. 2 vols. Hertford: Austin, 1881.
Drabble, Margaret. A Writer’s Britain: Landscape in Literature. London: Thames and Hudson, 1979.
Eagle, Dorothy, and Carnell, Hilary, (comps.) The Oxford Literary Guide to the British Isles. 2nd edn. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1977.
Fagan, Timothy (photog.) Writers’ Kent. [Maidstone]: Kent County Library, 1989.
Finlayson, Iain. Writers in Romney Marsh. London: Severn House, 1986.
Fisher, Lois H. A Literary Gazetteer of England. New York: McGraw-Hill, 1980.
Freeman, John. Literature and Locality: The Literary Topography of Britain and Ireland. London: Cassell, 1963.
Hardwick, M. Literary Atlas and Gazzetteer of the British Isles.Newton Abbott: David and Charles, 1973.
Hardwick, Michael and Mollie. Writers’ Houses: A Literary Journey in England. London: Phoenix House, .
Howitt, William. Homes and Haunts of the Most Eminent British Poets. 3rd edn. London: Routledge, 1873?
Lang, Andrew (ed.) Poets’ Country. London: Jack, 1907.
Morley, Frank. Literary Britain: A Reader’s Guide to Writers and Landmarks. London: Hutchinson, 1980.
Ousby, Ian. Literary Britain and Ireland. Blue Guide. London: Black; New York: Norton, 1990.
Smith, Bernard and Peter Haas. Writers in Sussex. Bristol: Redcliffe, 1985.
Thomas, Edward. A Literary Pilgrim in England. London: Methuen, 1917.