THE VIRAGO BOOK OF WOMEN TRAVELLERS Edited by Mary Morris 1994
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This is a collection of over 300 years of essays on travel writing by women, including essays on the vitality of Florence and the French countryside.
Gertrude Bell * Isabella Bird * Box-Car Bertha * Willa Cather * Alexandra David-Neel * Joan Didion * Isak Dinesen * Christina Dodwell * Isabelle Eberhardt * Amelia Edwards * M.F.K. Fisher * Sarah Hobson * Mary McCarthy * Rose Macaulay * Ella Maillart * Beryl Markham * Lady Mary Wortley Montagu * Robin Morgan * Mary Morris * Dervla Murphy * Kate O’Brien * Maud Parrish * Vita Sackville-West * Freya Stark * Frances Trollope * Rebecca West * Edith Wharton * Mary Wollstonecraft AND MORE
Some of the extraordinary women whose writings are including in this collection are observers of the world in which they wander; their prose rich in description, remarkable in detail. Mary McCarthy conveys the vitality of Florence while Willa Cather's essay on Lavandou foreshadows her descriptions of the French countryside in later novels. Others are more active participants in the culture they are visiting, such as Leila Philip, as she harvests rice with chiding Japanese women, or Emily Carr, as she wins the respect and trust of the female chieftain of an Indian village in Northern Canada. Whether it is curiosity about the world, a thirst for adventure or escape from personal tragedy, all of these women are united in that they approached their journeys with wit, intelligence, compassion and empathy for the lives of those they encountered along the way.
Large soft paperback book – QPD London – Edited and with an introduction by Mary Morris in collaboration with Larry O’Connor. Printed and bound in Great Britain. 23.5 x 15.5 x 3 cm. Good as new condition. 438 pages.
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