Maiden Voyages: Writings of Women Travelers
Maiden Voyages: Writings of Women Travelers

Maiden Voyages: Writings of Women Travelers

  • Publish Date: 1993-09-28
  • Binding: Paperback

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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 anotherand with us as readersreflections 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

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