Henry James

More appraisals of Rye

Here are four more quotes about Rye to add to those already in the section  Said about Rye. |Click the heading at right.)   These come from Frank Palmer and were included in the Speaker’s Day booklet for Saturday, September 21st 2013. In 1678 Samuel Jeake, Historian, Town Clerk, author of Charters of the Cinque Ports, … read more …

First posted in Said About Rye on 18th December 2013
Last updated: 19th October 2014
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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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Edwardian Rye 1901-1910

Edwardian Rye 1901-1910

The Coronation portrait of Edward VII is by Luke Fildes (Wikipedia). This summary of life in Rye 100 years ago is the Introduction to our former Curator’s book on the subject: Edwardian Rye from contemporary photographs by Geoffrey S Bagley (Rye Museum Association 1974). Geoffrey Bagley wrote much else about Rye’s history besides. His Edwardian Rye … read more …

First posted in Rye Town History on 17th November 2009
Last updated: 7th December 2012
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Voices from the Past 1698 -1900

Voices from the Past 1698 -1900

17th and 18th centuries: Years of Depression (Original spelling and punctuation) 1607 Camden, Britannica Antiqua This level tract has by the bounty of the sea been by degrees added to the land, so that I may not without reason call it ‘the Gift of the Sea.’ 1698 Celia Fiennes, Through England on a Side Saddle … read more …

First posted in Rye Town History, Said About Rye on 15th August 2009
Last updated: 23rd May 2013
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