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The Author's Effects: On Writer's House Museums

Nicola J. Watson


The Author’s Effects: On Writer’s House Museums is the first book to describe how the writer’s house museum came into being as a widespread cultural phenomenon across Britain, Europe, and North America. Exploring the ways that authorship has been mythologized and materialized through the conventions of the writer’s house museum, The Author’s Effects anatomizes the how and why of the emergence, establishment, and endurance of popular notions of authorship in relation to creativity. It traces how and why the writer’s bodily remains, possessions, and spaces came to be treasured in the late eighte ... More

Keywords: writer’s house museum, author house museum, historic house museum, personality museum, literary museum, literary houses, literary shrines, literary tourism, literary landmarks, literary landscapes

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2020 Print ISBN-13: 9780198847571
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: February 2020 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780198847571.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Nicola J. Watson, author
Professor of English Literature, Open University

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