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The London Library 6
On Reading, Writing and Living with Books
Contributions by: Virginia Woolf Contributions by: Charles Dickens Contributions by: George Eliot Contributions by: Leigh Hunt
9781782272519 Paperback, Trade English General Trade LITERARY COLLECTIONS / Essays Apr 04, 2017
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Active 4.4 x 6.8 x 0.3 in 96 pages Steerforth Press Pushkin Press
The London Library is the world’s largest independent library. Founded in 1841 by Thomas Carlyle (in reaction to the “museum headache” brought on by the crowds in the British Museum Reading Room), it has become a haven for readers, writers and all who draw strength, solace or inspiration from the presence of books. Some of the most illustrious figures of the last two centuries have written, thought and walked there: George Eliot, Charles Dickens, E.M. Forster, Virginia Woolf and many more were members.

And over time, some of these celebrated members have shared—with each other, or with an interested public—their views on the delights, challenges and joys of reading, writing and living with books.

The books in “Found on the Shelves” have been chosen to give a fascinating insight into the treasures that can be found while browsing in The London Library. Now celebrating its 175th anniversary, with over seventeen miles of shelving and more than a million books, The London Library has become an unrivalled archive of the modes, manners and thoughts of each generation which has helped to form it.

From essays on dieting in the 1860s to instructions for gentlewomen on trout-fishing, from advice on the ill health caused by the “modern” craze of bicycling to travelogues from Norway, they are as readable and relevant today as they were more than a century ago.

Series Overview: The ’Found on the Shelves’ is published with The London Library. The books in this series have been chosen to give a fascinating insight into the treasures that can be found while browsing in The London Library. Now celebrating its 175th anniversary, with over 17 miles of shelving and more than a million books, The London Library has become an unrivalled archive of the modes, manners and thoughts of each generation which has helped to form it.

Virginia Woolf (1882-1941) was the daughter of Leslie Stephen, who was President of The London Library from 1892 until his death in 1904. She was one of the greatest novelists and essayists of the twentieth century.

George Eliot (1819-1880) and George Henry Lewes, the man with whom she lived from 1854 until his death in 1878, were both devoted members of The London Library. She was one of the greatest Victorian writers, whose novel Middlemarch was described by Virginia Woolf as “one of the few English novels written for grown-up people”.

James Henry Leigh Hunt (1784-1859) was the 877th person to join The London Library. He was a poet, critic and journalist. Despite being a household name in his day, and remembered as one of the great reformers, his poetry has not been widely read.

Edward Morgan Forster (1879-1970) joined The London Library in 1904 as a life member. He was Vice-President from 1961 until his death.

Author Residence: UK (deceased)

Author Hometown: London

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