"L'esperança se'ns ha donat en favor dels qui no en tenen". W. Benjamin

4 de setembre de 2012

Literary corners in London

  • A gorgeous little corner of the city: Gough Square, where Samuel Johnson spent his whole life. Johnson's house is preserved as the first day, but maybe the most charming thing in this place is the monument dedicated to Hodge, Johnson's cat, likely to be one of the most famous cats in the history of literature (second, of course, to Soseki's philosopher cat).
  • Another interesting corner is The Old Curiosity Shop, at Portsmouth Street. Although its relation with Dickens and his novel is far from proved, it makes a lovely tribute to the author. The building dates from a hundred years before the great fire of London, so it is one of the oldest in the city.
  • Bloomsbury is the ultimate literary corner, and a fine area to have a walk. At Gordon Square, a tribute to the Bengali poet:
  • And last but not least, Shakespeare's theatre, the Globe, as seen from the Millenium Bridge.

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