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Spinsters Abroad: Victorian Lady Explorers
Spinsters Abroad Victorian Lady Explorers Author:Dea Birkett What spurred so many Victorian women to leave behind the security and comfort of their middle-class homes to undertake perilous journeys of thousands of miles, tramping through rain forest, caravaning across deserts, and scaling mountain rages? Dea Birkett delves into the diaries and letters of 50 such women and discovers troubled and unconventi... more »onal lives...« less
Rather than a compendium of women's travels, this is about what drove women to escape the safe, stodgy, conformist comfort of their Victorian homes to go tramping through rainforests and riding camels through the desert. Considered spinsters at home, abroad they travelled differently from men and were welcomed because they were women. They achieved considerable status that was denied them, even after they returned home. Lots of excerpts from diaries and letters enliven this "literary exploration".