Gazing at Writers’ Rooms

Is there any avid reader anywhere who hasn’t occasionally wondered about what some beloved writer was looking at, or was surrounded by, as he/she penned, typed, or word-processed the beloved novel in question?

One of the marvels of the United Kingdom’s Guardian is its ongoing series of photographs of writers’ rooms and the photographer’s accompanying commentaries. Most of the writers are contemporary Britishers, but the series also offers photos and descriptions of the writing rooms of long-dead greats like Jane Austen, Charlotte Bronte, Virignia Woolf, Rudyard Kipling, Bernard Shaw, and Charles Darwin.

The photo above is the room where Dublin-based novelist Colm Toibin writes. It reminds him of a cave, and says he hopes they’ll bury him in it.


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