Lord Jim Revisited

Tomorrow is the anniversary of the death of the great Polish-born British writer Joseph Conrad, who died on 3 August 1924. Having long been fans of his books, including “Lord Jim” and “Heart of Darkness”, we visited his grave in Canterbury, UK a few years back. It’s located in Canterbury City Cemetery (below)


Write On

Today is the birthday of Alexandre Dumas, the French author who wrote The Count of Monte Cristo and The Three Musketeers. He was born on 24 July 1802.

He is honoured in Paris, with a street and a Metro station named after him.

Where there’s a Will

We also ran into William Shakespeare during our visit to Sydney in May. This is the Shakespeare Room at the State Library of New South Wales. The mock Tudor room was built in the 1940s and has many books by and about Shakespeare.

We especially liked the stained glass windows, which depict the Seven Ages of Man, from “As You Like It”. The first two are shown below – “At first the infant, mewling and puking in his nurse’s arms. Then the whining school-boy with his satchel”.

In Alphabetical Order

Today is the anniversary of the publication of Samuel Johnson‘s great “Dictionary of the English Language” (aka Johnson’s Dictionary) on 15 April 1755. It remained the dictionary for the next 150 years.

We visited Johnson’s House during our visit to London six months ago. It is a nicely restored 18th century townhouse full of period furniture, Johnson memorabilia and books – including Johnson’s Dictionary of course.

Write On


The great French author Gustave Flaubert died on 8 May 1880. His most famous work is Madame Bovary. We visited his hometown of Rouen some years back and tracked down many places connected with his life.


He was born at the hospital in Rouen (above), where his father was a doctor. The family lived in an apartment attached to the hospital. Their apartment is now a Flaubert Museum. Flaubert and other members of his family are buried at the town’s cemetery.