“Cooper is both a born teacher and a skilled raconteur; he knows that no lecture or story can possibly bear the weight of everything he wants to say, so that what comes to us has been carefully considered without showing the seams.”
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Cooper’s The Literary Guide and Companion to Southern England has been popular with travellers since 1986.
This, the second guide in a series of three, brings all Cooper’s delight and enthusiasm to the literary sites of Middle England. The author takes us through fourteen counties in the heart of England, engaging us with anecdotes of local literary figures, pointing out the homes, pubs, hotels, and places (fact and fictional) of all sorts that have connections to writers, their families, their associates, their pets, and sometimes, their fictional characters. Maps before each county section show highway numbers and suggested routes.
One of the indexes indicates which hotels and pubs we may enjoy today, and Cooper also points out the churches, gardens — even graveyards — that hold special meaning for those interested in English literature and the people who have made it, from before Chaucer to Jeffrey Archer.
Robert M. Cooper was a professor of English at Rhodes College in Memphis, Tennessee. Born in Manchester, he lived and did research on southern England. More info →
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The Literary Guide and Companion to Northern England is the third and final guide in Cooper’s light-hearted and informative travel collection. As Cooper explains in the preface to the first volume: “This book was written for the person who unabashedly loves travel, loves England, and loves English literature. In short, for somebody remarkably like the person I was when I began to plan my first trip to Britain and looked for just such a book.”
In a series of intriguing routes through the English countryside, Professor Robert Cooper notes those attractions that the casual tourist might unknowingly pass by, such as the house where Dickens wrote A Tale of Two Cities, or the windswept quay where John Fowles's French Lieutenant's woman walked.