Great Women Travel Writers: From 1750 to the Present

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Alba della Fazia Amoia, Bettina Liebowitz Knapp
A&C Black, Jan 1, 2005 - Travel - 304 pages
Travel is sacred. Travel is a quest. Travel is an escape. Travel is a passion! It is enlightening, a distraction, a novelty, a dream fulfilled. It may inspire joy, terror, longing – often, all three. Women explorers and travelers are a special breed. Some were also great writers, recording their cross-cultural impressions with stunning vividness, blending history, myth, technology, and poetic imagination. The 22 courageous women profiled in this book encircled the globe. Together, they form a grand tradition and speak to us today as never before – - Lady Hester Stanhope (1776-1839) left the comfort of England to wander through the Near East – never to return home, so deeply did she treasure her freedom - Fanny Lewald (1811-89) traveled through Europe and especially Italy to record its Risorgimento - Pandita Ramabai (1858-1922) traveled from India and lived through Western experiences that revamped her ideas - Daisy Bates (1859-1951), Irish to the roots, immersed herself in Australian Aboriginals - Gertrude Bell (1868-1926), dubbed Queen of the Desert, was the most powerful woman in Edwardian England - the Danish Isak Dinesen (1885-1962) made her mark in Africa - Ana´s Nin (1903-77) may be thought of as a mental traveler - Freya Stark (1893-1993) – knighted by Queen Elizabeth for her contribution to travel literature – lived among the Druze of Syria and in shades of our own time researched the deadly terrorist group of ancient Persian Assassins - Oriana Fallaci (1930- ) has literally covered the world - Valentina Vladimirovna Tereshkova (1937- ), has surely traveled the farthest as the first woman in space A dozen other women who boldly crossed international barriers often to encounter the most patriarchal cultures of their time are focused on in this delightful book – a significant contribution to travel literature as well as to women’s studies.

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Amoia (Women on the Italian Literary Scene ) and Knapp (Archetype, Architecture, and the Writer ), whose previous coauthored works include Multicultural Writers from Antiquity to 1945 and ... Read full review


Princess Ekaterina Catherine Romanovna Vorontsova Dashkova 17431810 II
Friederike Brun 17651835
Lady Hester Stanhope 17761839
Fredrika Bremer 18011865
Princess Cristina Trivulzio di Belgiojoso 18081871
Fanny Lewald 18111889
Belle Marsh Poate 18471896
Alexandra DavidNeel 18681969
Isabelle Eberhardt 18771904
Isak Dinesen Karen Blixen 18851962
Freya Stark 18931993
Hayashi Fumiko 19031951
Ana´s Nin 19031977
Xie Bingying born Ming Gang 19062000
Ruth Gruber 1911

Pandita Ramabai 18581922
Daisy Bates 18591951
Edith Wharton 18621937
Gertrude Bell 18681926
Sharon Spencer 19332002
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BETTINA L. KNAPP is the author of over 50 books, including Ana´s Nin, Gertrude Stein, Antonin Artaud, French Fairy Tales: A Jungian Approach, and Women in Myth. She lives in New York City. Both editors have traveled the world, apart and together. Alba Amoia is the author of Twentieth-century Italian Women Writers, No Mothers We!, Albert Camus, Feodor Dostoevsky, and other works. She lives in Rome.

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