The Virago Book of Women Travellers

The Virago Book of Women Travellers

Paperback (25 Jan 1996)

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Synopsis

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.

Features writing from Gertrude Bell, Edith Wharton, Isabella Bird, Kate O'Brien, Lady Mary Wortley Montagu and many others.

Book information

ISBN: 9781860492129
Publisher: Little, Brown
Imprint: Virago
Pub date:
DEWEY: 910.4082
DEWEY edition: 22
Language: English
Number of pages: 438
Weight: 322g
Height: 196mm
Width: 127mm
Spine width: 31mm