Friday, January 14, 2011

GEW at the BL

So here is what I just saw:

The only extant manuscript of Beowulf
A manuscript of Sir Gawain and the Green Knight
A manuscript of The Canterbury Tales (1410)
A King James Bible, 1611
A first edition of Robinson Crusoe
The only manuscript draft (excerpt) of one of Jane Austen's novels
A handwritten manuscript of Finnegan's Wake
And so much more that I can't even remember it all.

It's all in a fantastic exhibition at the British Library.

Not a bad way to end the trip. Tomorrow morning, I'm homeward bound!


Gaga said...

OMG! Looks like I will have to go back to the UK!

Safe travel.

I love you!

Sarah said...

wow! I may have to take a trip there!

English Adjunct said...

Sounds like a GREAT end to the trip! Safe travels (though I am guessing you are back now)!

loveskidlit said...

Great end to the trip! Hope it all went well. I love the "treasures" exhibit, and took my mum there in November. It's mind blowing, isn't it?

Oh, the journal entry from the doomed Antarctic exhibition: "I am going out and may be some time." Recorded, right there (under the glass)!

Ink said...

So much coolness!!! I'm excited and living vicariously through your manuscriptic magnificence...