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The Author's EffectsOn Writer's House Museums$
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Nicola J. Watson

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9780198847571

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: February 2020

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780198847571.001.0001

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Household effects

Household effects

Johnson’s coffee-pot and Twain’s effigy

(p.117) 5 Household effects
The Author's Effects

Nicola J. Watson

Oxford University Press

Chapter 5 widens the focus beyond the staging of the immediate scene of writing to develop a taxonomy of the ways that domestic objects and spaces have been made to bear witness to the writer’s life and work through inscription, caption, and representations of the author in life-size effigy or statue. It canvases objects that bear witness to authorial biography such as Johnson’s coffee-pot, explores how (and why) objects may choose instead to materialize the author’s writing, as in the Hans Christian Andersen museum in Odense, the James Joyce Museum in Sandycove, and the Mikhail Bulgakov museum in Kiev, and investigates how life-size representations of the adult author have been used in the Hannibal, Missouri Twain Boyhood Museum and in Lichfield to ‘remember’ childhood homes.

Keywords:   Samuel Johnson, Dr Johnson House 17 Gough Square, Johnson Birthplace Lichfield, Hans Christian Andersen, Hans Christian Andersen Museum Odense, James Joyce, James Joyce Museum Sandycove, Mikhail Bulgakov Kiev, Mark Twain, Mark Twain Boyhood Home Hannibal

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