Creating the Country House in Novels: Architecture and Interior Design in Novels

£75.00

How and why have novelists created country houses in their work? We will look at the layouts and interiors of some of the most famous country houses in literature and discuss some of the ideas and locations that inspired novelists to create them.

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Creating a really memorable country house in a novel can turn novelists into architects and interior designers without limits on their budget or imagination: and with some very strange briefs! We will look at the layouts and interiors of some of the most famous country houses in literature and discuss some of the ideas and locations that inspired novelists to create some of the most famous houses in England.

Why can readers envisage the country houses in literature so vividly? What do we mean when we say a house has ‘character’? And what about the characters within novels who echo their creators in designing and redesigning an English country house?

Jane Austen’s Northanger Abbey, Daphne du Maurier’s Rebecca, George Eliot’s Mr Gilfil’s Love Story, Alan Hollinghurst’s The Stranger’s Child