Papers relating to A Literary Guide to the Lake District

Scope and Content

The first edition of Lindop's A literary guide to the Lake District was published by Chatto and Windus in 1993. A celebration of the rich literary heritage of the region, Lindop's book draws out the literary associations of five wide-ranging walking routes. He chose to focus not just on the more obvious writers like Wordsworth and his circle, John Ruskin, Beatrix Potter, and Arthur Ransome - but also on other major literary figures who visited and were inspired by the district, and on local writers. A paperback edition of the guide came out in 1994, and a new, revised edition was published by Sigma Press in 2005. The archive contains Lindop's research material and working papers for both the first and the revised editions of the book; these document the genesis of the volume and reveal the thoroughness of his research.


The material has been divided into two series: working files; and research material.