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The English Lakes: a history

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This book considers the way in which the English Lake District has been variously constructed as a barren wilderness, an Arcadian retreat, a site for Picturesque tourism, a temple of Romanticism and an outdoor gymnasium. It shows how writers and artists, including Gray, Wordsworth, Coleridge, Turner and Constable, changed the perception of the Lake District, and how later figures such as John Ruskin, the Rev. Rawnsley and Beatrix Potter each sought to preserve the landscape character of the area. The Lake District is celebrated for its association with Romanticism, but it is equally important in the movement for landscape conservation, which was a precursor to the environmental movement. The book also considers the tensions involved in managing the National Park today. It won the Bill Rollinson Prize for Landscape and Tradition in the Lakeland Book of the Year Awards 2012.

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Author(s): Thompson I

Publication type: Authored Book

Publication status: Published

Year: 2010

Number of Pages: 343

Publisher: Bloomsbury

Place Published: London

Library holdings: Search Newcastle University Library for this item

ISBN: 9781408809587


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