“Half memoir, half travel, A Yank Back to England...is an absolutely wonderful book, not only about going home again but also about love and family and tradition and the passage of the years.”
—Michael Dirda, Pulitzer Prize-winning literary critic (Washington
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Saturday, April 18, 2009

Endowment fit for a King's

Hard by the cathedral was the King’s School, founded by Henry the Eighth. This is a public school, what Americans would call a private school or a bastion of privilege. Alumni include Kit Marlowe, Hugh Walpole, and a writer I admire, Somerset Maugham. Even though he hated his time at King’s, Maugham left money to the school and some rather bizarre bookends, for buried within the walls of the library are his endowed ashes.


TheWritersPorch said...

Thank you for sharing allth beautiful sites! I've really enjoyed tagging along!

willow said...

I adore the writings of Somerset Maugham. And I didn't know his ashes are interred in King's walls!

Anonymous said...

What an interesting choice of resting place! Well, whatever suits the person, I suppose...