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Ready-prepared articles on weather in literature


  • 980124  A Dickensian Christmas   It has probably occurred to very few  that the Christmas festivities at Dingley Dell should have taken place against a backdrop of grey skies, scuds of
  • 980425  The Wordsworths and the weather   “William went to the Tarn, afterwards to the top of Seat Sandal. He was obliged to lie down in the tremendous wind.” So wrote Dorothy in her
  • 980613   Samuel Pepys   His diaries reveal him to have had obsessions about food and extra-marital assignations, but Samuel Pepys was also something of a weather watcher. There are
  • 981128   Raining cats and dogs  The eighteenth century playwright and poet, John Gay, produced a vivid description of London streets during a heavy summer storm. Here is an
  • 000708   The Go Between  An extended heatwave provided the evocative and increasingly oppressive backdrop to the tale of illicit love in “The Go Between”. L.P.Hartley’s well-known
  • 001201   Conan Doyle and fog  London fogs were a constant preoccupation of Victorian writers who lived in the metropolis. Arthur Conan Doyle, for instance, produced an apocalyptic
  • 001209   Weather in the Bible  The Bible rarely features in the lists of references which are normally appended to learned papers in meteorological journals, but I did recently come
  • 010519  Thomas Hardy’s storms  "… a tall tree on the hill seemed on fire to a white heat. A stupefying blast, harsh and pitiless fell upon human ears in a dead flat blow, without that …
  • 030927  Tobias Smollett’s weather notes  Tobias Smollett, known to us primarily as a novelist and travel writer, was something of a polymath: he trained as a surgeon, for a time he
  • 001224  Lorna Doone “All the world was flat with snow, all the air was thick with snow; more than this no man could see, for all the world was snowing.” So begins the striking account
  • 011125  Thomas Hood’s poem “November”  It is all too easy to regard November as a wholly negative month, weather-wise. There is usually an absence of warmth and a shortage
  • 0004xx  The Darling Buds  "Rough winds do shake the darling buds of May,  And summer's lease hath all too short a date ..."  Shakespeare was comparing the intended recipient of the