This is a collection of women's travel writings, including work by Joan Didion, Edith Wharton, Mildred Cable, Willa Cather, Isak Dinesen, and others. In wry, lyrical, and sometimes wistful voices, they write of disguising themselves as men for safety, of longing for family left behind or falling in love with people met along the way, and of places as diverse as icy Himalayan passes and dusty American pioneer towns, the darkly wooded Siberian landscape and the lavender-covered hills of Provence. Yet even as their voices, experiences, and paths vary, they share with one another—and with us as readers—reflections upon their gender as it is illuminated by unfamiliar surroundings. Edited and with an Introduction by Mary Morris, in collaboration with Larry O'Connor.
Contributors and writings include:
Mary Wollstonecraft, "Letters Written During a Short Residence in Sweden, Norway, and Denmark"
Flora Tristan, "Peregrinations of a Pariah"
Frances Trollope, from "Domestic Manners of the Americans"
Eliza Farnham, from "Life in Prairie Land”
Isabella Bird, from "A Lady's Life in the Rocky Mountains"
Margaret Fountaine, from "Love Among the Butterflies"
Gertrude Bell, from "The Desert and the Sown"
Edith Wharton, from "In Morocco"
Willa Cather, from "Willa Cather in Europe”
Isak Dinesen, from "Out of Africa"
Kate O'Brien, from "Farewell Spain"
Rebecca West, from "Black Lamb and Grey Falcon"
Ella Maillart, from "The Cruel Way"
Emily Hahn, from "Times and Places"
M.F.K. Fisher, from "Long Ago in France"
Joan Didion, from "The White Album"
Christina Dodwell, from "Travels with Fortune: An African Adventure”
Annie Dillard, from "Teaching a Stone to Talk”
Gwendolyn MacEwen, from "Noman's Land"
|from Embassy to Constantinople||p. 3|
|from Letters Written During a Short Residence in Sweden, Norway, and Denmark||p. 8|
|from Peregrinations of a Pariah||p. 14|
|from Domestic Manners of the Americans||p. 20|
|from Life in Prairie Land||p. 29|
|from Untrodden Peaks and Unfrequented Valleys: A Midsummer Ramble in the Dolomites||p. 36|
|from Through Algeria||p. 42|
|from Journal of a Lady's Travels Round the World||p. 47|
|from Travels in West Africa||p. 57|
|from A Lady's Life in the Rocky Mountains||p. 69|
|from The Passionate Nomad||p. 75|
|from Station Life in New Zealand||p. 79|
|from A Girl's Ride in Iceland||p. 89|
|from The English Governess at the Siamese Court||p. 95|
|from Love Among the Butterflies||p. 107|
|from The Desert and the Sown||p. 118|
|from On Sledge and Horseback to Outcast Siberian Lepers||p. 122|
|from In Morocco||p. 128|
|from Willa Cather in Europe||p. 135|
|from Passenger to Teheran||p. 140|
|from My Journey to Lhasa||p. 144|
|from Out of Africa||p. 152|
|from Sister of the Road||p. 158|
|from Farewell Spain||p. 166|
|Nine Pounds of Luggage||p. 173|
|from Speak to the Earth: Wanderings and Reflections among Elephants and Mountains||p. 181|
|from Winter in Arabia||p. 189|
|from Black Lamb and Grey Falcon||p. 195|
|from Klee Wyck||p. 202|
|from The Gobi Desert||p. 212|
|from West with the Night||p. 231|
|from The Cruel Way||p. 243|
|from The Fabled Shore||p. 250|
|from Stones of Florence||p. 260|
|from A Way of Seeing||p. 271|
|from Times and Places||p. 278|
|from Long Ago in France||p. 293|
|from Tamrart: Thirteen Days in the Sahara||p. 301|
|from Muddling Through in Madagascar||p. 315|
|from Italian Days||p. 329|
|from Turkish Reflections||p. 336|
|from The White Album||p. 341|
|from Through Persia in Disguise||p. 350|
|from Wall-to-Wall||p. 366|
|from Travels with Fortune: An African Adventure||p. 374|
|from Russian Journal||p. 390|
|from The Demon Lover||p. 401|
|from Season of Stones||p. 403|
|from Noman's Land||p. 411|
|from Teaching a Stone to Talk||p. 417|
|from The Road Through Miyama||p. 423|
|from A Lady's Life in the Rocky Mountains||p. 431|
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Series: Vintage Departures
Number Of Pages: 438
Published: 28th September 1993
Publisher: Random House USA Inc
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 20.3 x 13.3 x 2.6
Weight (kg): 0.34
Edition Number: 1