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The Writing Life of Famous Writers

A lecture/presentation
We will look at the writing life of famous writers. Where did they live? Where did they write? What was their daily routine? How much did their environment and other interests shape their work?
CS Lewis wrote in a university environment and had access to beautiful grounds and gardens, in particular those of Magdalen College, Oxford. Virginia Woolf had the excitement of socialising in London as well as the gardens of her country home. Daphne Du Maurier wrote in her beloved Cornwall with the sea constantly in sight. Ernest Hemingway wrote in many locales from Paris to Cuba. How did their locations influence their work?
COURSE OUTLINE

We will look at lives of CS Lewis, Virginia Woolf, Daphne Du Maurier and Ernest Hemingway with particular focus on where they lived and their surrounding environment.
We will also look at the writers' daily routines and interests.
We will consider the impact of the writers' interests and environment on their writing.

PLANNED LEARNING OUTCOMES
By the end of this course, students should be able to:

Have an increased awareness or understanding of the nature of works written by CS Lewis, Virginia Woolf, Daphne Du Maurier and Ernest Hemingway.
Have an increased knowledge of the writers' surrounding environment, daily routine and interests.
Have an increased awareness of the impact of the writers' interests and environment on their writing.

Two-and-a- half hours including a fifteen minute break.
Suggested reading: Any of the literary works of CS Lewis, Virginia Woolf, Daphne Du Maurier and Ernest Hemingway

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