“D’rymple mild” – Literary Edinburgh

I've always identified with my distant Scottish roots. It's all in the name - Dalrymple. It's a very Scottish surname and an actual town in Ayrshire, situated in the Scottish lowlands. My cousin Dan (whom inspired this post with a surprise phone call this evening) has spent an immense amount of time composing a thoroughly … Continue reading “D’rymple mild” – Literary Edinburgh

Stevenson and Steinbeck in Monterey

As I was researching my masters thesis, which focused on both Robert Louis Stevenson and John Steinbeck, I was always (a little too) excited when I found connections between the writers. I was aware of Stevenson's Napa connections, having spent time in the valley. However, it wasn't until reading Steinbeck's Cannery Row, that I realized … Continue reading Stevenson and Steinbeck in Monterey

Chapter One

I've stood on Jane Austen’s front porch, at the foot of John Keats’ bed and over Percy and Mary Shelley’s gravestone. Deep in the moors of Northern England, I hiked six miles in the rain to Emily Bronte's assumed motivation behind Wuthering Heights. A few years ago, I traveled to Scotland on a solo pilgrimage … Continue reading Chapter One