Posted by: martinkc | March 12, 2009

A book recommendation from Kathleen Martin

I have just finished Peter Ackroyd’s Albion: The Origins of the English Imagination (2002) and loved it.  Needless to say, everyone in this exalted circle would probably disagree with at least one of the many things in it, but I found it both informative and stimulating.  The book is particularly interesting on Victorian Britain’s passion for all things medieval, but Ackryod also had fascinating things to say about the English love of heterogeneity, translation as a source of inspiration, and the connection between Romanticism and forgery  — not to mention the deep roots of English transvestism (or, if you will, drag).  Cheryl would love the material on music, and I will lend her the book if she wants to take me up on it!


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