Where Great Writers Write
by Alex Johnson
Clearly the title of this book plays homage to Virginia Woolf in the nicest possible way. Alex Johnson in this delightfully illustrated book shares stories about where writers like to go when they want to write. There are fifty writers included in this volume which can be dipped into according to one’s fancy. I looked first to some of my favorite authors and then moved on to others who were equally interesting.
Just a few of those included are Jane Austen, James Baldwin, Agatha Christie, Charles Dickens, Emily Dickinson, Thomas Hardy Astrid Lindgren, Haruki Murakami, Sylvia Plath, Beatrix Potter and J.K. Rowling. Each author’s entry includes interesting facts and a most evocative illustration or two.
I adored spending time in these writers’ spaces and learning about how they made their choices. For example, Emily Dickinson embraced the “solitude” of her bedroom. She “pretended to lock the door” and noted that freedom was within. Conan Doyle had a very special writing set up made by a well known luggage manufacturer while Maya Angelou wrote in a hotel room.
This is a book that is perfect for bibliophiles. It would make a lovely gift.
Many thanks to NetGalley and Quarto publishing for this title. All opinions are my own.
Pub date: 19 Apr 2022
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