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Sunday, November 1, 2015

Literary Travel

Since reading and travel are my two passions, I’m always on the lookout for books that combine those interests.  Schatje’s Shelves has a number of books about literary travel:

Novel Destinations:  Literary Landmarks from Jane Austen’s Bath to Ernest Hemingway’s Key West by Shannon McKenna Schmidt and Joni Rendon
This is a guide to more than 500 literary sites in the U.S. and Europe.

Literary Trips:  Following in the Footsteps of Fame edited by Victoria Brooks
This is a collection of 23 essays focusing on famous writers and the locales for which they were well known.
There are two essays featuring Canada:  “Malcolm Lowry: Paradise in Vancouver” and “Elizabeth Smart:  Poetry and Passion in Ottawa.”

A Writer’s Britain:  Landscape in Literature by Margaret Drabble

The purpose of this book is “to present an image of Britain as seen by writers of different regions and periods, and also to illuminate the way in which their work has changed our visual attitudes, our taste in landscape and our relation to nature.”

Literary Walks of Britain edited by Donald Veall
This is an anthology of prose and poetry written by British writers who walked for pleasure through various parts of the country.  Photographs illustrate the source of the writers’ inspirations.

Literary Trails:  British Writers in Their Landscapes by Christina Hardyment

This book outlines a series of trails through Britain’s literary landscapes.  As a lover of mysteries, I enjoyed the chapter entitled “The Scene of the Crime” which focuses on the landscapes of various British mystery writers.

Suggestions/recommendations of other titles on this subject are always welcome.