Cybele wrote:I think I might be able to swing this .
(My husband is sympathetic, but bewildered. -- I don't know if I could gain his cooperation a third time. I would be willing to go to L'ville. However, I would like the temperature to be less than it was when we there the last time. I was genuinely worried that my flip-flops would melt in the parking lot at the Filson Club.)
Ennis, are you in? Who else from the eastern US might be interested?
I am most definitely interested in this. I'm in Asheville, NC, and Louisville would work. Set a date (far-enough advance) and let me know. My husband is mostly unsympathetic and completely bewildered: "I know Keats means the world to you, but he doesn't mean shit to me." And this from the man who accompanied me 9 out of the 11 times I saw "Bright Star". Perhaps his BS
in Psychology is the reason!
). I'll have to "prepare" him! We also care for our grandson and haul his driver's-unlicensed mother back and forth to work, so he'll need to make some type of arrangement for that. But, despite what he says, I'll be there. My closest "convert" to Keats is my brother, John, so I hope it's okay to convince him to accompany me (He was willing to be my companion on my 2009 pilgrimage to London and, oh God, that most depressing visit to to Rome.)
Oh, while I'm thinking about that trip to London: I had read in an earlier post on a different thread that in 2003 the Keats's House was completely restored to how it looked when Keats lived there. I don't believe that date is correct. When John and I were there in early July of 2009, the work on the house had barely started (and surely complete renovations would not be funded just 5/6 years apart). One of the workmen we talked with (the curator was not there) said the renovations began about six weeks ago. I mentioned how it first was to reopen in October of 2008, then changed to the spring of 2009. His response was something to the effect of was "Well, you know how the government is about all their red-tape when it comes to giving money away." Of course, being a citizen of the good ol' USA, I know how true that was (and is)!!" He said they'd really have to push it to the July 24 (or was it the 25th?) re-re
-opening date. Mind you, that was a mere 10 days after our departure from London! Boy, that's some "luck of the Irish" . . . . Perhaps 2003 was the date the amount of money from that "Magic Casements" fund to renovate The House was announced
. I don't know; all I do know is that it sure wasn't completed when my brother and I were there. But, heck, that gives me another very good reason to go back. Also the renovations to #26 Piazza di Spagna are completed as well (according to my most recent Keats-Shelley Review
that is published twice a year by the K-S Foundation). Another reason to go back!!
Another comment on those renovations: if the real intention was to put The House back to how it most likely appeared while Keats lived there then that damn Chester Room addition should have been completely demolished and the Brown-Keats door replaced. It was removed when the Chester Room was added. I e-mailed The House about this matter, and the response from Holly, the "communications" person, was that "they wanted to retain the integrity of the house." I smell a stink of contradiction there in the objective(s) of the renovation!
As a matter of fact, if you can find before and after floor plans, you'll notice quite a few changes. By the way, the front
door was the Dilke and then the Brawne entrance.