Authors at Work: the Creative Environment

Authors at Work: the Creative Environment

Edited by Ceri Sullivan, Graeme Harper

Hardback
$70.00

D.S.Brewer

Overview

Overview

How do writers work? The differing habits of seven great authors are examined in this collection.
Writers often meditate on what physical situations they need to do the work in hand. A room of their own, bills, bed, procrastination, regular meals, Benzedrine and beer, office routines, walking and riding, even prison, can be machines that make them write. Trollope got 2,000 words done every morning, watch on the table. Clare composed en pleine air, jotting on his hat rim. Wesley's hymns came to him on horseback. The Bronte sisters paced round a drawing-room table. Donne was dismally prompted to write by nappies. Johnson needed the printer's devil knocking at his door.

On a grand scale, city planners try to entice the creative classes into a creative area: while at a local level, readers have a magical sense that putting themselves into the bodily position of a writer may allow them to join in her planning and plotting.

The essays in this volume examine the working habits of seven great authors, from 1600 to today: Jonson, Milton, the Bronte sisters, Trollope, Oliphant, and Auden. There are also interviews on the creative environment with the Poet Laureate of Great Britain, the British Library's Head of Modern Literary Manuscripts, the Director of the Hay Festival, research fellows at Stratford and the Globe, and a poet-web-blogger.

CONTRIBUTORS: STAN SMITH, ELISABETH JAY, N. JOHN HALL, STEVIE DAVIS, PETER C. HERMAN, FARAH KARIM-COOPER, KATE RUMBOLD, MICHELLE O'CALLAGHAN, ADAM SMYTH, ANDREW MOTION, JAMIE ANDREWS, ROBERT SHEPPARD, PETER FLORENCE

Details

July 2009
6 black and white illustrations
192 pages
21.6x13.8 cm
Essays and Studies
ISBN: 9781843841951
Format: Hardback
D.S.Brewer
BIC BM, 1DBK, 2AB, 3J
BISAC LAN009000
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Table of Contents

Introduction - Ceri Sullivan
Gubbins at a Desk: Auden's Cave - Stan Smith
Interview: Literary Limelight: the Laureateship - Andrew Motion and Graeme Harper
A Bed of One's Own: Margaret Oliphant - Elisabeth Jay
Interview: Literary Archives: the British Library - Jamie Andrews and Graeme Harper
Glue and Daydreams: Trollope at Work - N John Hall
Interview: Literary Netscapes: Web Poetry and Blogging - Robert Sheppard and Graeme Harper
Growing Up and Zoning Out: Charlotte and Emily Brontë - Stevie Davies
Interview: Literary Festivals: Hay-on-Wye - Peter Florence and Graeme Harper
Composing Paradise Lost: Blindness and the Feminine - Peter C. Herman
In Conversation: Literary Heritage: Stratford and the Globe - Farah Karim-Cooper and Kate Rumbold
Tavern and Library: Working with Ben Jonson - Michelle O'Callaghan and Adam Smyth
Postscript - Graeme Harper

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