British Library Exhibition: All the Pretty Books

Warning: book love overload up ahead. Last year in London I attended this exhibition at the British Library called “Writing Britain: From Wastelands to Wonderlands.” The exhibition displayed the handwritten notebooks, annotated books, and first editions of a wide array of British writers and novelists stretching back to Shakespeare. Needless to say, it was one of the best exhibits I’ve ever seen. The exhibition encompassed authors and writers as varied as Tolkien, Thomas Hardy, Wordsworth, Austen, Rowling, even John Lennon.

My head was spinning. Every part of the exhibit left me in awe.

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Shakespeare’s As You Like It

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Thomas Hardy’s Far From the Madding Crowd above and below

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Charlotte Bronte

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William Wordsworth

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George Eliot

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Wordsworth, again

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John Keats!

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JOHN LENNON

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Emily Bronte

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JK Rowling

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Jane Austen, Persuasion

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Tess of the D’Urbervilles

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Lewis Carroll’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland

It was amazing.

 

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  • Wow! That’s the kind of stuff that gives me palpitations! I’d probably feint if I was that close to Shakespeare’s own hand.. or Keats.. or… yeah.. 😀

  • This was amazing. I had to expand every photo just out of pure excitement.