Maiden Voyages : Writings of Women Travelers
Maiden Voyages Writings of Women Travelers Author:Mary Morris, Larry O'Connor Amazon.com — A grand collection of writings by women travelers spanning the continents and the years. Three hundred years of women traveling the globe, from Lady Mary Wortley Montagu in Constantinople to Mabel Sharman Crawford in Algeria, Frances Trollope on the domestic manners of the Americans to Edith Wharton in Morocco and Willa Cather in Eur... more »ope. There are just so many fine writers like Isak Dinesen, Annie Dillard, and scads more you may never have heard of but ought to meet.
From Publishers Weekly
In her introduction to this collection, Morris ( Nothing to Declare ) notes that "women move through the world differently than men." She offers these 51 excerpts from the writings of intrepid women as examples of what she calls "feminist travel writing." The works yield a number of diverting moments, although in many cases the brevity of the pieces makes it difficult for the reader to become engaged with the writer or the place explored. In 1717, Lady Mary Wortley Montagu observes that Turkish attire so effectively conceals a woman's identity that she can move about in public with "more liberty than we have." In the 1930s, Vivienne de Watteville tries to photograph an African rhino seconds before it charges her. In the Edwardian age, a journey on horseback in Iceland prompts Englishwoman Ethel Brilliana Tweedie to speak out for "abolition of the side-saddle for the country, hunting, or rough journeys, for three reasons--1st, safety; 2nd, comfort; 3rd, health." During the Depression, Box-Car Bertha travels the United States, finding the hobo life to be remarkably varied but dangerous. During a stay in Shanghai, Emily Hahn acquires and then kicks an addiction to opium.« less
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Whether it is Edith Wharton, marveling at the magical beauty of a Marrakech palace garden; Mildred Cable, windering at dust demons, phantom voices, and mirages emerging from the dunes of the Gobi dessert; or Joan Didion, surveying the trappings of power and violence in present day Bogata, the women gathered in this generous and delightful anthology - "women of means and without domestic ties" show as much of themselves as they show of the strange and wonderful places they visit.