I finally found it. I have been looking for this book for about 20 years. And I finally found it on Amazon.com!!!! Thank you to the Gods of Amazon, because this is THE book I have been wanting to hold in my hands since I was about 14 years old.
Yes, I first signed this book out from the little community library where I grew up in Canada about 20 years ago. I read it cover-to-cover and enjoyed it so much, I signed it out again and again. In fact, when the library “retired” the book, my name was the only name on the card (so I’m told). I had not seen hide nor hair of the book since.
I hold in my hands the most insanely entertaining book that a house/art/literature lover could ever dream of!
Literary Houses: Ten Famous Houses in Fiction (1982) is a book written by Jamaican/Canadian/Englishwoman Rosalind Ashe (a pseudonym for Rosaline Dale-Harris) and illustrated by a collection of talented artists.
As the title suggests, ten houses from classic literary works are profiled and illustrated in great detail – complete with imagined floor plans!
True house nerds will share my enthusiasm about this book; everyone else will be like, um, what?
So for those who enjoy pouring over fictional floor plans and being lost in the pages of Victorian era novels, read on.
You will be able to peer into Dorian Gray’s house in Grosvenor Square and see the famous portrait; you will be shown round the eerie chapel of Castle Dracula; see the lavish partying at Gatsby’s mansion at West Egg and look at the strange desolate chaos of Miss Havisham’s house. You will also be given an insight into Manderley, Northanger Abbey, Howard’s End, Thornfield Hall, the House of the Seven Gables and Baskerville Hall. This fascinating book will appeal both to those coming to these classic stories for the first time and encourage others to re-read old favorites with this companion volume at their elbow.