City Parks by Catie Marron

By Catie Marron

Urban Parks illuminates the spirit and sweetness of the world's such a lot enjoyed urban parks: a rare visible and poetic trip from London to Brooklyn, Calcutta to Chicago, and Paris to San Francisco, captured in breathtaking photos and the evocative phrases of celebrated writers and personalities.

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City Parks

Urban Parks illuminates the spirit and sweetness of the world's such a lot enjoyed urban parks: a rare visible and poetic trip from London to Brooklyn, Calcutta to Chicago, and Paris to San Francisco, captured in breathtaking photos and the evocative phrases of celebrated writers and personalities.

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As shall be deemed most advisable’ (Letters, i. ). The reference to three volumes alludes to the three-decker, a single novel in three volumes: Charlotte is suggesting a pseudo-three-decker but Aylott and Jones declined the offer of Charlotte’s The Professor, Emily’s Wuthering Heights, and Anne’s Agnes Grey. Undaunted, Charlotte sent the manuscripts to several other publishers in succession and eventually Thomas Newby agreed to publish Emily’s and Anne’s novel but not Charlotte’s. The Professor was rejected by every publisher it was sent to, but George Smith of Smith Elder wrote, in turning it down, that a talent was discernible in it and a three-volume novel by its author would be looked at with interest.

She also attended three lectures by Thackeray on English writers and was much impressed  Lives of Charlotte, Emily, Anne Brontë by them. She had already become acquainted with him in  and later had given him a grilling about his literary ‘shortcomings’ which she felt marred his otherwise superlative writings. Of all the events crammed into her times in London, these lectures and two other experiences were the highlights. These were five visits to the Great Exhibition of  and two performances by the French tragic actress Rachel.

I leave you to guess what my answer would be––convinced that you will not do me the injustice of guessing wrong’ (Letters, i. –). The Wider World: Brussels The period from  to  opened to Charlotte and Emily a world beyond Yorkshire, or even England. Their stay in Belgium was, however, not a happy experience for either of them. One trigger for the daring trip abroad was a half-formed plan made in  for Charlotte, Emily, and Anne to set up a school together. Charlotte urged the idea that a stay in France or Belgium would be a useful preparation since it would provide a way of improving their knowledge of French and other subjects.

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