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Writing the Thames
Author: Christina Hardyment

ISBN: 9781851244508
Format: Hardcover
Number Of Pages: 304
Published: 16 April 2016
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 24.1 x 16.4 x 3.0
Description:
From Arthur Conan Doyle to Charles Dickens, Colin Dexter to Kenneth Grahame, writers and artists have often taken inspiration from the Thames. Gathering poetry, artwork, and short excerpts from longer prose, Writing the Thames includes chapters on topics that dominate in literary and artistic depictions of the Thames, from historical events like Julius Caeser's crossing in 55 BCE and Elizabeth I's stand against the Spanish at Tilbury to the explorations of the topographers who mapped and drew the river to the many authors, including Thomas More, Francis Bacon, William Morris, and Henry James, who enjoyed riverside retreats.

A chapter on boats features the frenetic rowers from Zuleika Dobson, a camping tale from Three Men in a Boat, and the story of William Hogarth's impulsive five-day trip down the river with four inebriated friends. Some of the best-loved children's literature has also been inspired by the Thames, including The Wind in the Willows.

Beautifully illustrated with seventy full-color illustrations, this book tells the river's remarkable story through art, poetry, and prose, while celebrating the w...

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