Sunday Feature - Reader Meet Author
Radio 3 New Generation Thinker Corin Throsby explores the unexpected literary influences on Byron, Tennessee Williams and Virginia Woolf: their fan mail.
Corin Throsby explores the unexpected literary influences on Byron, Tennessee Williams and Virginia Woolf - their fan mail.
Fan mail is generally regarded as a modern phenomenon but, in the early nineteenth century, Lord Byron received hundreds of letters from ardent strangers. This correspondence was indicative of a growing culture of intimacy between reader and author in the Romantic period. Although Byron struck an aristocratic pose of indifference towards his fans, he secretly kept all their letters.
In this programme 'Radio 3 New Generation Thinker' Corin Throsby rifles through the fan-mail of Byron, Virginia Woolf and Tennessee Williams, amongst others, and explores the personality-saturated media of the digital age.
Producer: Gavin Heard.
- Broadcast on BBC Radio 3, 7:45PM Sun, 23 Dec 2012
- Available until 12:00AM Thu, 1 Jan 2099
- First broadcast BBC Radio 3, 7:45PM Sun, 23 Dec 2012
- Duration 45 minutes