Literary and Artistic Rye

More Rye Literary Connections

There are many more writers who lived locally, visited regularly and/or wrote about Rye and the surrounding area than we have told about so far. Here are lists of some of them. How many do you know about?  What names should be added? More Writers Who Lived In or Near Rye (e.g. Winchelsea, Fairlight, Pett, … read more …

First posted in Literary and Artistic Rye on 4th November 2010
Last updated: 9th October 2013
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Writers in Rye

There have been many writers in Rye over the centuries but it was from the late nineteenth century onwards that writers came to live in the town. By then it was more accessible because of the railway and it was seen as an unspoilt place of great charm. Henry James’ decision to live in Rye … read more …

First posted in Literary and Artistic Rye on 2nd November 2010
Last updated: 20th October 2014
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Rye is Unique (A.G. Bradley)

Rye is Unique (A.G. Bradley)

Extracts from A.G. Bradley, An Old Gate of England: Rye, Romney Marsh, and the Western Cinque Ports (London: Robert Scott 1918) The author possessed a wry sense of humour and wrote in a delightful style. His wife’s line drawings give a good idea of the Rye of nearly one hundred years ago. It’s worth tracking … read more …

First posted in Literary and Artistic Rye, Said About Rye on 13th October 2010
Last updated: 5th May 2013
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Lamb House, Henry James and E F Benson

Lamb House, Henry James and E F Benson

Home of Henry James and E F. Benson The Lamb family were the greatest power in Rye for 250 years but their house is probably more famous as the home of the expatriate American writer Henry James and later, the writer E.F. Benson.  It is a modest brick-fronted Georgian house completed by James Lamb in … read more …

First posted in Literary and Artistic Rye, Rye Buildings and Defences on 12th September 2010
Last updated: 14th February 2014
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From Writers Who Lived in or Near Rye

The quotations here have been culled from Iain Finlayson’s excellent book Writers in Romney Marsh (London: Severn House 1986). The book’s chapters include Henry James at Lamb House, E.F. Benson at Lamb House, Radclyffe Hall in Rye, Conrad Aiken at Jeake’s House, as well as Joseph Conrad in Kent and Ford Madox Hueffer in Kent … read more …

First posted in Literary and Artistic Rye, Said About Rye on 7th July 2010
Last updated: 24th March 2013
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E.F. Benson / E.F. Benson and Rye

E.F. Benson / E.F. Benson and Rye

The following two articles were contributed by  Allan Downend, Secretary, E.F. Benson Society and former Curator, Rye Museum E.F. BENSON (1867 – 1940) : A Brief Biography E.F.Benson was born at Wellington College on July 24th 1867. Fred, as he was known to his family, was the fifth child born to Edward and Mary Benson. … read more …

First posted in Literary and Artistic Rye, Notable People on 12th May 2010
Last updated: 27th November 2012
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The Jeake Family and their Rye Residences

The Jeake Family and their Rye Residences

The First Jeakes of Rye: Of Huguenot origin, the family’s first settler in Rye appears to have been a late 16th-century merchant, William Jeaque (a possible corruption of Jacques). His son Henry set up a bakery in the High Street and married a girl from Peasmarsh. Their son, first recorded as Sammewell but later as … read more …

First posted in Literary and Artistic Rye, Notable People, Rye Buildings and Defences, Rye Streets, Rye Town History, Rye Trades and Industries on 1st November 2009
Last updated: 20th April 2017
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