Thursday, September 27, 2012

The Literary Landscape on Google Maps

The British Library's recently held a 'Writing Britain' exhibition exploring how the landscapes of Britain have influenced great literary works. To complement and accompany the physical exhibition the British Library also created a crowdsourced project, Pin-a-Tale, to enable the public to contribute locations that have influenced literary works.

Users can search the map by location to discover locations nearby that have featured or influenced works of literature. You can also search the map by author. So, for example, if you are a fan of Dickens you can search the map to find locations that have featured in the author's work.

If you select a map marker you can read a short summary of how the location inspired the relevant writer. If you then click on the 'Find out more' link, in many cases, you are even taken to an online edition of the featured poem or prose.

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