I recently re-read The Wind in the Willows. Aside from my appreciation of it as a wonderful novel (both in my childhood and now) my thoughts turned to something that I had discovered since last reading it more than twenty years ago – namely that Lerryn is one of the places that lays claim to having inspired Kenneth Grahame‘s masterpiece. It struck a chord with me when I heard that; simply due to the amount of time that I had spent in Lerryn in the 1980s and early 1990s.
This got me thinking to other instances where Cornwall may have inspired classic works of fiction. Famously, for instance, Virginia Woolf moved the Lighthouse and The Rainbow is a thinly veiled autobiography of D.H. Lawrence‘s time in Cornwall during World War 1. Can any Cornish Literature readers think of any other examples?