literary geography. If we read a lot, then books can become associated in our minds with the places where we were when we read or reread the books. Thus, a place and a book acquire a connection that is unique to us. I have discussed this here. Today, this thought was prompted by passing a restaurant in Morecambe and remembering rereading a James Blish short story while drinking coffee in that restaurant but what is my personal literary geography with Poul Anderson?
I borrowed the Gollancz edition of Guardians Of Time from Penrith Public Library shortly after its publication;
I bought and read a paperback copy of Twilight World and an issue of Venture Science Fiction containing "The Game of Glory" in Dublin while attending secondary school in the Republic of Ireland;
I bought the Dominic Flandry collection containing "Tiger By The Tail" while visiting a friend in Manchester;
I bought The People Of The Wind and The Day Of Their Return while visiting family in Nottingham and was surprised to find a reference to Flandry in the latter because I had not yet internalized the Chronology of the Technic History;
I reread and posted about some Nicholas van Rijn stories, e.g., here, while on holiday with family near Lichfield;
I started to read Perish By The Sword in Liverpool.
Obviously, every Anderson fan will have a different personal literary geography with all of these works.