Edith Wharton's seven works of travel have been called by the
critic Blake Nevius 'brilliantly written and permanently
interesting.' This collection spans three decades: from leisurely
travel by yacht, diligence, railway and car during the belle
epoque, through the horror and pathos of the French landscape
during World War 1, to the Morocco of 1917 - a country previously
forbidden to most women and foreigners. Scornful of guidebooks,
Wharton focuses on the undiscovered by-ways of Europe, Morocco and
the Mediterranean. Among the sites described are the towns of
Tirano, Brescia, Poitiers and Chauvigny; the gardens of the Villa
Caprarola and the Villa Aldobrandini, Frascati; Hippone and
Goletta. An intrepid reporter, she also depicts the front lines of
Lorraine and Vosges during World War I.
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