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

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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.

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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.

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