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Most literary graveyards


The Publishers Weekly blog asks which graveyard is the most literary, and doesn’t even mention Highgate Cemetery in London.

Highgate’s East Cemetery contains:
Douglas Adams, novelist
Lucy Lane Clifford, novelist
George Eliot (aka Mary Ann Evans), novelist,
Karl Marx, economist
Dachine Rainer, poet

Highgate’s West Cemetery contains
Beryl Bainbridge, novelist
Lots of the Charles Dickens family but not Boz himself
John Galsworthy, author (memorial only)
Stella Gibbons, novelist
Radclyffe Hall, novelist
Christina Rossetti, poet

The big-hitters (Chaucer, Dickens, Hardy, Kipling) are all parked in Westminster Abbey but that’s not a bad list for a rank-and-file cemetery. I have always enjoyed wandering through graveyards and looking at the gravestones, and searching for the graves of the rich, famous and interesting.

In Oxfordshire, it’s almost impossible to find a graveyard without an author’s grave. Holywell Cemetery has Kenneth Grahame, Holy Trinity Churchyard in Headington has CS Lewis, Wolvercote has J. R. R. Tolkien, and that’s just for starters.

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Richard Davies

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