Writing Britain: Exhibition at the British Library

5/22/2012 Posted In , , , Edit This 1 Comment »

 The British Library exhibition "Writing Britain: Wastelands to Wonderlands" opened last week and will run through September 25th, 2012. The exhibition explores how English literature and authors have been influenced by British landscapes. The multimedia exhibition has over 150 exhibits, including everything from Medieval manuscripts to 21st-century audio and video recordings. The texts range from manuscripts of Sir Gawain and the Green Knight and Chaucer's Canterbury Tales to Wordsworth and Blake, Daphne du Maurier's Rebecca to J. K. Rowling's Harry Potter.

William Langland's Piers Plowman

Lewis Carroll's Alice's Adventures Under Ground

Daphne du Maurier's Rebecca

J. K. Rowling's Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone

Other works on display include:
A 10th-c. manuscript of The Seafarer  
The Mabinogion
Drayton's Poly-Olbion
Katherine Phillips' A Country-Life
Stow's Survey of London
Jane Austen's Persuasion
Charlotte Brontë's Jane Eyre
Coleridge's 'Lakes notebook'
William Blake's Notebook
Oscar Wilde's The Importance of Being Ernest
Tolkien's The Hobbit
Graham Greene's The Wind in the Willows

 The BBC have a lovely video with curator Jamie Andrews describing the exhibition, here.

NB: All images in this post ©British Library. In the U.S., under U.S. copyright law, they are Public Domain and are used under a Creative Commons license.


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