Literature: Writers and History in Hampstead

27 September to 3 December 2017
  • Second floor exhibition



This exhibition examines the many prominent writers who lived in Hampstead. The works of authors are often influenced by the surrounding area and its past, and thus can be used to explore the history of Hampstead. At the same time, the multitude of writers who lived in the area have invariably become a part of its history themselves. Those who have contributed to this wide ranging and highly esteemed local literary tradition include the poet John Keats, novelist Daphne du Maurier and Rabrindranath Tagore. The collection includes paintings, photographs, sculpture, newspaper cuttings, novels and poetry volumes that depict the range of authors, poets and playwrights who were inspired by Hampstead along with examples of their work and influences. The collection also suggests the importance reading has taken on in the area, reflecting the legacy of the writers who were impacted by Hampstead.