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Past EventsThursday, February 23

Meet the Author: Freud's Couch, Scott's Buttocks, Brontë's Grave

Simon Goldhill

Why should anyone care about a writer’s house? Why do tourists flock to see where the Brontës lived or where Shakespeare was born? Simon Goldhill was invited by Chicago University Press to try and find out why we love to stare at Wordsworth’s desk or Freud’s couch or Charlotte Brontë’s underwear. His trip – four Jews on a train in search of an author’s house – is a funny, smart and reflective journey into our ideas of the self and our cultural values.

Simon Goldhill is an award-winning writer and broadcaster, whose books The Temple of Jerusalem and Jerusalem, City of Longing are best-sellers and translated into eight languages. He is Professor of Greek at Cambridge and a Fellow of King's College. He has published widely on ancient Greek and on Victorian Jerusalem.

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