Containing more than 600 entries, this valuable resource presents all aspects of travel writing. There are entries on places and routes (Afghanistan, Black Sea, Egypt, Gobi Desert, Hawaii, Himalayas, Italy, Northwest Passage, Samarkand, Silk Route, Timbuktu), writers (Isabella Bird, Ibn Battuta, Bruce Chatwin, Gustave Flaubert, Mary Kingsley, ...
Containing more than 600 entries, this valuable resource presents all aspects of travel writing. There are entries on places and routes (Afghanistan, Black Sea, Egypt, Gobi Desert, Hawaii, Himalayas, Italy, Northwest Passage, Samarkand, Silk Route, Timbuktu), writers (Isabella Bird, Ibn Battuta, Bruce Chatwin, Gustave Flaubert, Mary Kingsley, Walter Ralegh, Wilfrid Thesiger), methods of transport and types of journey (balloon, camel, grand tour, hunting and big game expeditions, pilgrimage, space travel and exploration), genres (buccaneer narratives, guidebooks, New World chronicles, postcards), companies and societies (East India Company, Royal Geographical Society, Society of Dilettanti), and issues and themes (censorship, exile, orientalism, and tourism). For a full list of entries and contributors, a generous selection of sample entries, and more, visit the Literature of Travel and Exploration: An Encyclopedia website.
As new. 3 vols, pictorial boards, 4to, xxxi, 472 + 473-988 + 989-1479 pp, over 230 ills. Over 600 entries. The set comprises Volume I A-F, Volume 2 G-Q and volume 3 R-Z. Includes more than 600 alphabetically arranged entries-ranging in length from 1, 000 to 5, 000 words-each comprising an essay on an a subject related to rtravel writing, as well as a thorough bibliography of source material. One major category of entries "focuses on authors who have been significant practitioners of travel writing, mainly, but by no means exclusively, in English. In this. category the net has been cast widely to take in not only the authors of the great travel classics (Marco Polo, Charles Doughty, Apsley Cherry-Garrard) and the oeuvres of the dedicated world travelers (Nicolas Bouvier, Ida Pfeiffer, Paul Theroux) but also more obscure figures whose accounts of their journeys may be lacking in high literary polish but that nonetheless unfold a fascinating human story: Kate Marsden and her heroic endeavors on behalf of the lepers of Siberia, tough Samuel Hearne, dourly coping with starvation and frostbite in northern Canada, and John Rae, revealing the (literally) unpalatable truth about the ill-fated Franklin expedition."The other chief category comprises geographical entries-"surveys, often extensive, on countries, regions, cities, routes, and other features, [that] offer an overview of how a particular place has been experienced and presented at various times by different travelers with a range of personal agendas. Such agendas may be the gratification of simple Wanderlust or a more deliberate quest for scientific knowledge, religious enlightenment, military glory, or mercantile advancement, to name just some of the motives that drew, and still draw, people to distant lands-or they may be a combina-tion of two or more such factors. To take a simple example, a text on India and Indians as experienced by an eighteenth-century servant of the British East India Company and one by a modern seeker after spiritual wisdom illuminate, in their very different ways, the story of Westerners' ongoing engagement with this vast land and its complex culture. The geographical survey articles are designed to set such very disparate texts in their physical and historical contexts, but the way in which countries and regions are broken down for these entries is governed not so much by strict geographical or temporal criteria but according to how, or whether, the different components were or are significant in the history of exploration or travel. "
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