Margaret Drabble’s Top Ten Literary Landscapes

From The Guardian, 9/9/09:

“Walking in the footsteps of great writers, and seeing landscapes and buildings through their eyes is one of the most enjoyable and sustaining of pleasures. Years ago, on a lecture tour in Mississippi, I insisted on seeing the land of Huckleberry Finn and William Faulkner. It was a powerful experience, never to be forgotten. But Britain remains my native landscape, and my top 10 are only a sample of the places I like best.”

1. Stonehenge

Stonehenge has inspired innumerable writers, and although it is one of the best known prehistoric sites in the world it is impossible to pass it without a sense of awe. It has a melancholy grandeur that passing traffic cannot diminish. Hardy and Wordsworth were moved by it, and so am I….

5. Tintagel

Tintagel in Cornwall is a dramatic mythical Arthurian site, and its castle and crags inspired both Tennyson and Hardy. It’s both medieval and Victorian, like the Arthurian legend itself…

10. Haworth

I tend to prefer outdoor landscapes to writers’ houses, but make an exception for the Brontë Parsonage at Haworth, a house in which life was experienced with extraordinary intensity. This place and its churchyard and its surrounding moorland are numinous…

to read them all…

From: Andrew Wheeler- Meme: My life according to the books I’ve read this year

Borrowed from Charles Tan’s Blog Bibliophile Stalker. Thanks for the inspiration!

Using only books you have read this year (2009), cleverly answer these questions. Try not to repeat a book title.

Describe Yourself: Against the Machine: Being Human in the Age of the Electronic Mob

How do you feel: A Laodician

Describe where you currently live: Dark Age Ahead

If you could go anywhere, where would you go: Rick Steve’s London

Your favorite form of transport: Gabriel Garcia Marquez’s Collected Stories

Your best friend is: Jane Eyre

You and your friends are: A Thousand Years of Good Prayers

What’s the weather like: The Mayor of Casterbridge

You never go out without wearing: The Moonstone

The best meal you ever sat down to: Eyewitness Top Ten Travel Guide: Munich

Favourite time of day: Moments of Being

If your life was a:  Fiction Writer’s Workshop

What is life to you: Cosmopolitanism: Ethics in a World of Strangers

Your fear: Great Expectations

What is the best advice you have to give: There Will Never Be Another You

Thought for the Day:  Leave it to Me

How I would like to die: Citywalks: London: 50 Adventures on Foot

My soul’s present condition: Graceland