The Journal of a Short Tour to the Lakes in 1822
When Ian Broadway discovered John May’s Journal in an auction it was in a parlous state. But the names Coleridge and Southey leapt out at him.
Young John May had left Richmond in Surrey and travelled the length of England in 1822 to visit Robert Southey in Keswick. May’s journal presents a fresh and lively picture of Regency England. His journey took him from the bustling streets of London, through the heartland of industrial England, to the tourist haunt of the Lakes. Ian Broadway describes the life of the May family through three generations, and the role John May senior, played in the lives of the Lake Poets.
B&W photographs & line drawings