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!
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!