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Part travelogue, part history lesson - travel through the British countryside in the footsteps of some of the greatest English authors of all-time. Visit locations that inspired them and learn the history of the sites. See where Jane Austen, the Brontë sisters, Charles Dickens, George Eliot, Thomas Hardy and D.H. Lawrence lived and wrote. Step into "Literary Landscapes" of Rural Britain.

KBO Media
1 Season, 6 Episodes
January 8, 2008
Cast: Liam Dale
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  • Few authors have been able to capture the rural majesty of England in the way that Hardy did. His tales of Wessex takes us to Dorset, the rolling hills and the sea views provide us with the perfect backdrop for his cast of characters. From "Tess of the D'Urbevilles" to "Jude the Obscure", every facet of human life is dramatically represented, with joy and tragedy in rural country life.

  • George Eliot's novels take us to the Industrial Midlands and the Black Country. A toughness in the work of this author would suggest a masculine writer, but this was the pen name of Mary Ann Evans, a well-educated Victorian lady who was years ahead of her time. She wrote about the Industrial heartland and Midland's countryside, many of those locations remain unspoiled to the present day.

  • After the rural idylls of Jane Austen, a visit to the Yorkshire countryside of the Bront

  • Mention the landscape of English Literature and most people will think of Charles Dickens. From the London of "Oliver Twist", "A Tale of Two Cities" and "A Christmas Carol" to the seaside locations of "David Copperfield" and the Yorkshire horrors of Dotheboys Hall in "Nicholas Nickleby", Dickens paints a vivid picture of Victorian England.

  • Jane Austen lived a quiet country life, never married, wrote only 6 books (Pride & Prejudice, Emma, Persuasion, Sense & Sensibility) and died young. Her legacy leaves a picture of Georgian and Regency England on the cusp of the Industrial revolution. Visit her rural birthplace in Hampshire, then Bath, then onward to her beloved Chawton home, and then to her final resting place in Winchester.

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