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The West Country as a Literary Invention by Simon Trezise
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Is the "West Country" on the map or in the mind? Is it the south-west peninsula of Britain or a semi-mythical country offering a home for those in pursuit of the romance of wrecking, smuggling and a rural Golden Age? This book investigates these questions in the context of the relationship between place and writing, discussing Thomas Hardy's Wessex; R.D. Blackmore's Exmoor and "Lorna Doone"; Charles Kingsley, whose "Westward Ho!" became a Devon place-name; Sabine Baring-Gould of Dartmoor, recorder and inventor of West Country folk-tales; and Parson Hawker of Morwenstowe, an inventor of the Cornish King Arthur.

Author Biography

The late Simon Trezise was a lecturer in literature at the University of Exeter and had worked as a Tutor-Counsellor for the Open University. He lived and worked in many parts of the West Country.
Release date NZ
January 1st, 2000
Country of Publication
United Kingdom
8 halftones
University of Exeter Press
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