Gilbert White is well known as a naturalist, birder, and gardener who transformed the nation’s relationship with the natural world around them, but he achieved his success because he was a supremely able writer. As well as its lucid writing style, The Natural History of Selborne is peppered with allusions to ancient and modern literature and even includes some of White’s own poetry. In this talk, Professor Brycchan Carey will explore White’s literary style and literary connections show how White, far from being a secluded country parson, was at the centre of the eighteenth-century literary world.
Brycchan Carey is Professor of English Literature at Northumbria University, Chair of the Association for the Study of Literature and the Environment, and Vice-President of the British Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies.
Doors Open 6:30 Talk begins 7pm.