Britten, Pears & Lewis Carroll

Britten, Pears & Lewis Carroll

Tuesday August 20 2019

“What is the use of a book”, thought Alice, “without pictures or conversations?” Britten and Pears must, from time to time, have agreed whole-heartedly with Alice. Their collection is filled with books that are illustrated or, indeed, focussed on the subject of Art or Art History. Pictures fulfil a vital role in books and never […]

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Britten, Pears and Jane Austen

Monday July 22 2019

‘I’m now reading Emma to sooth [sic] myself,’ Britten confided to Pears in June 1944, emphasising that Jane Austen’s trademark humour and mastery of narrative offered some relief, albeit temporary, from the horrors of war. In 1946 Britten and Pears turned to Austen as potential source material for a new opera, the unrealised Letters to […]

Britten, Song, Sea & Nature

Monday June 17 2019

Every month we highlight the gems from Britten and Pears’ book collection in their Library. Britten-Pears Foundation Librarian Nicholas Clark talks about the latest display for June. Below the thunders of the upper deep; Far, far beneath in the abysmal sea, His ancient, dreamless, uninvaded sleep The Kraken sleepeth… Alfred Tennyson, The Kraken Tennyson’s brooding […]

Britten, Pears and John Milton

Monday May 20 2019

Every month we highlight the gems from Britten and Pears’ book collection in their Library. Britten-Pears Foundation Librarian Nicholas Clark talks about the latest selection that celebrates the month of May.  Now the bright morning star, day’s harbinger, Comes dancing from the East, and leads with her The flow’ry May, who from her green lap […]

Britten, Pears and Geoffrey Chaucer

Monday April 15 2019

Every month we highlight the gems from Britten and Pears’ book collection in their Library. Britten-Pears Foundation Librarian Nicholas Clark talks about the latest selection that celebrates April and the arrival of spring. ‘Whan that Aprille with his shoures sote…’ – General Prologue to The Canterbury Tales Although Geoffrey Chaucer is one of the few poets […]

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