Dancing with Mrs. Dalloway: Stories of the Inspiration Behind Great Works of Literature
Every great book begins with an idea, whether it comes to a writer's mind with lightning speed or tugs at the imagination over time. Dancing with Mrs. Dalloway offers stories of the inspiration behind fifty classic works, from The Sound and the Fury, Jane Eyre, and Frank...more
Have you ever wondered what inspired a particular author to write a book? For instance, why did Margaret Mitchell write "Gone with the Wind?" What drove Ernest Hemingway to pen "The Old Man and the Sea?" What inspired L. Frank Baum to create "The Wonderful Wizard of Oz?" Author Celia Johnson provides the intriguing back stories to those literary classics and many more in her fascinating book, "Dancing with Mrs. Dalloway." Johnson book traces the origins of some 50 famous titles. Along with the a...more
There are so many unique tales behind the best-known stori...more
Did you know Atticus in Harper Lee's To Kill a Mockingbird is named after Titus Pomponius Atticus, close friend of Cicero? Also that dear friends gave Harper Lee a year off from work (financial support) so she could write, and Mockingbird is the result.
Jane Eyre was written by Charlotte Bronte after she heard news of a governess who found out that her husband had a secret w...more
I have recently become interested in writing, and have had trouble taking the plunge, but if you're like me, one of the things you will learn from Ian Fleming (James Bond series) "never mind about the brilliant phrase or the golden word, once the typescript is there you can fiddle, correct,...more
The writing is simple and straightforward; the author conveys her stories in an accessible way, with only a few clunke...more
For some, like Mary Shelley's Frankenstein, it was a game: her monster was born form the idea of horror itself, his bits and pieces belonging to an overheard conversation on the topic of the reanimation of bodies. For others, like Arthur Conan Doyle's Sherlock Holmes, the steps of the cerebral sleuth had been tread by another, as the masterful detective was based off of - at least partially - a one time medical professor of Doyle's. For...more
This collection of four-page essays on the sources of inspiration of some fifty well known-novels--ranging from "Naked Lunch" and "Mrs. Dalloway" to "The Wind and the Willows" and "The Hobbit"--is a quick and enjoyable read. Veteran readers who know a lot of this stuff already will still acquire a few interesting anecdotes, and intelligent high school students--one of whom recommended this to me--will find it very informative. Johnson refuses to go dark or deep--J.M. Barrie and Lewis Carroll, fo...more
It was an easy read, but I'd have to say a good one.
From "Of Mice and Men" to the "Jane Eyre" and "On the Road" the stores are little teasers that may get you interested in reading one of the works, or may just make your eyes glaze over a little bit. I found the stores easy to read, yet uninspiring for some reason.
If you are a trivia fan, an aspiring writer, want to get a quick overview of how some writer...more
I really enjoyed reading about all the different ways authors of classic literature gained their inspiration. I also really appreciated that this book's author made it clear when there was any doubt about the veracity of any of the stories.
Nah, that wouldnt have been any fun. Still, congrats Blue, on a very enjoyable read.
The stories about the inspiration behind the various works of fiction are just that stories, anecdotes with no reference to source material, footnotes, or even quotes. There is nothing in the way the story is presented th...more