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Do you enjoy visiting places where writers or poets have lived, or set
their works? On holiday do you try to read books set in that area? This
little book has been prepared for people like you! It gives a brief survey
of the literature of Suffolk divided into six different groups.
Suffolk’s distinctive blend of forest and heath, crumbling coasts and rolling farmland, tiny
villages and old towns has inspired writers to live and write about it through the ages. Among
the many who have lived or visited or written about this area of East Anglia, this booklet
chooses some whose link with a landscape, house, village or grave can be visited and enjoyed. L
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Space has only permitted a selection of literary figures connected with the county. Writers like
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Thomas Tusser (1524-1580) of Cattawade whose Hundreth Good Points of Husbandrie,
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written entirely in verse, remains a classic; Thomas Nashe (1567-1601), friend of Christopher r
Marlowe and author of The Unfortunate Traveller; Agnes Strickland (1796-1874), the
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historian of Southwold who compiled Lives of the Queens of England; or Henry Havelock
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Ellis (1859-1939) of Hintlesham, the sociologist and psychologist whose writings on sex
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caused such a stir when published – and others too – must remain on the sidelines for the
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moment. We have deliberately excluded writers who are still living and working in Suffolk in l
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order to protect their privacy, although we have tried wherever possible to include some of
their novels with a Suffolk setting. Each entry is followed by a number which should help you
locate the place associated with the writer on the map included in the book.
Enjoy your literary journeys!
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