About Me

Hello there.  My name is Diana, and I am Anglophile.

What, one might justifiably wonder, is an Anglophile?  The definition provided by Dictionary.com is as follows: 'a person who is friendly to or admires England or English customs, institutions, etc.'  That's me to a tee!

Visiting Pemberley

I suppose it all started when I read Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice as a young teen.  Although I was an avid reader as a child, I had never attempted a so-called classic before.  But I had to choose a canonical text for a school book report and thought P&P might be right up my alley.

I was right.

I devoured it voraciously and suddenly realized there was a whole new world out there of which I was entirely ignorant, open to exploration.  Well, by golly, I was going to discover it.

I ate up British novels like I consume a bag of Galaxy Caramel Bites or Hot Tamales.  Then suddenly it wasn't enough.  I moved on to English films and television...and finally on to England itself. 

After living in England off-and-on for three years and earning my BA and MA in English Literature from universities of that blessed country, I think it's safe to say I will be an Anglophile for life.  So much of my time there and my study of its literature/culture has informed who I am and who I will be.

Autobiography of an Anglophile is the place where I document a transatlanticist's experience pondhopping  from one continent to the other, checking out museums and monuments along the way.  Here you will find ample evidence of my great love for literature, travel, film, food, art and life in general.  There will also be the occasional foray into cultural commentary as I vacillate between American and English life.

Thanks for visiting, and I hope you enjoy reading.  Cheers!


Caro said...

Such an awesome blog! I love how it's sort of a cultural travelogue. Your writing style is fabulous and I'm looking forward to reading your thoughts on all things England.

Diana said...

Thank you, Caro, for your compliments on my writing style. That truly means the world to me! :)

Charlotte said...

Hi Diana, if I haven't said before, your blog rules and I have nominated you for the Versatile Blogger Award, here is the link if you want to take a look: http://charlottereadsclassics.wordpress.com/2012/05/10/excellent-blogs-for-your-reading-pleasure/

Diana said...

Charlotte: Thank you so much! Coming from one who writes such a fantastic blog herself, I take this as a huge compliment (one I'm not entirely sure I deserve -- but I'll take it nonetheless). :)

Jillian22 said...

I'm so glad we found each other's blogs, Diana! I am very excited to explore your posts- you sound a lot like me! (Plus, I'm very jealous you lived in England. If a job comes up, I'm moving to Ireland!) :) Plus, I love your cover picture- absolutely beautiful.

Diana said...

And I'm thrilled to have found yours, Jillian! I'll keep my fingers crossed that you get to the Emerald Isle soon.

Oh, and thank you for the compliment to my cover photo. It's much appreciated. :)

Ralph Lloyd-Jones said...

Hi Di,

You are pretty cool; thanks for liking the English - most aspects of us are OK. We gave America some of its good points and are less heavily-armed than contemporary Americans, so slightly more sensible (or rather, less lethal). Don't bother with 'Silas Marner', go straight to 'Middlemarch' - this is excellent advice, though I say it myself. Ralph x

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