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Peter Whitfield Talks About the History of Travel Literature

In his new book "Travel: A Literary History" Peter Whitfield covers the broad genre of travel writing from the early accounts by missionaries to empire builders, thrill seekers and satirists. The book ranges from the travel stories of the Bible and the ancient Greeks to 20th century authors and adventurers like Patrick Leigh Fermor and Bruce Chatwin.
Published on 16 March 2012
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In his new book “Travel: A Literary History” Peter Whitfield covers the broad genre of travel writing from the early accounts by missionaries to empire builders, thrill seekers and satirists. The book ranges from the travel stories of the Bible and the ancient Greeks to 20th century authors and adventurers like Patrick Leigh Fermor and Bruce Chatwin.

John Williams talked with Peter Whitfield about his expansive definition travel writing, Christianity’s influence on the genre and the best travel books of the 20th century.


Read the interview in The New York Times:


>>> Peter Whitfield Talks About the History of Travel Literature


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