1993, Vintage; 1 edition
“This is a fascinating collection of more than 50 travel essays by women writers from the 18th century to the present day. Edited and with an introduction by novelist and travel writer Morris, it dispels any lingering notion that women stayed at home while men saw the world. The writers in this collection range from wealthy women who traveled for pleasure (Edith Wharton visited Morocco) to women who traveled to survive (Box-Car Bertha was a hobo in America during the 1930s). The writers traveled alone (Sarah Hobson disguised herself as a male motorcyclist in Iran), in pairs (Mildred Cable and Francesca French rode on camels through the Gobi Desert), and with their children. The travelers met hardship and danger with remarkable aplomb and returned home to tell of their adventures. This collection is educational, entertaining, and highly recommended for general collections.”
A collection of travelogues by distinguished women authors includes the writings of Mary Wollstonecraft, Vita Sackville-West, Annie Dillard, Isak Dinesen, Rebecca West, Willa Cather, Margaret Mead, and Mary McCarthy, among others.