My aim on TraveLit is to introduce readers who share my love of travel literature to good books they may not know about. Mostly classics, some new, the books cover travel in its many forms, from exploration to tourism. Along with reviews, TraveLit also brings together provocative, entertaining travel quotations and reader recommendations. I welcome comments on the readings, the reviews, the quotations, or the fascinating enterprise of travel itself.

TraveLit--A blog about travel literature

Even with the best of maps and instruments, we can never fully chart our journeys.

Books you might like: Reader recommendations

October 27, 2014

Jeremy Pool (Recollector) recommends Peter Freuchen's Arctic Adventure: My Life in the Frozen North, published in 1935, which he calls "an engrossing account of a lifetime among the Inuit of Greenland."

Travel Quotation

October 19, 2014

“I doubt whether I ever read any description of scenery which gave me an idea of the place described.”
―Anthony Trollope, Australia and New Zealand, 1873

Book Review

October 12, 2014

From Scotland to Silverado. Comprising The Amateur Emigrant, The Silverado Squatters, & Four Essays on California
By Robert Louis Stevenson. Edited by James D. Hart. The Belknap Press of Harvard University, 1966.

In 1879, Robert Louis Stevenson left his native Scotland on a journey to California to meet up with Fanny Van de Grift Osbourne, a married woman whom he had met and fallen in love with several years before, and whom he would eventually marry. In The Amateur Emigrant, he describes his three-week journey, by boat to New York and by emigrant train to Monterey, an arduous trip that left him seriously ill.

At the time, observes James D. Hart in his informative introduction to this volume, the two most important works Stevenson had written were An Inland Voyage and Travels with a Donkey in the Cevennes. Both of these were “records of pleasure trips, undertaken in part simply to provide material for books,” and they were known for their charm.

The Amateur Emigrant is an altogether different kind of work. (more…)

Selected Works

Travel Memoir
"Loved this book, which appears to be but is more than an account of an anthropological expedition, more than a travel book, more than a memoir."--Barbara Beckwith, author of What Was I Thinking?: Digging Deeper into Everyday Racism, barbarabeckwith.net.
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"It is undoubtedly the best written account of, and reflection on, fieldwork I have read, and --perhaps -- the best book on fieldwork (period) I have come across. --Joel Savishinsky, Professor of Anthropology (Emeritus), Ithaca College, author of Trail of the Hare.
Nonfiction
“An impressively insightful, deftly written, accessibly articulate, expertly knowledgeable, and decidedly analytical survey of…book reviewing today.”
Midwest Book Review
Anthology
“Captivating stories in an anthology of epistolary fiction from the last 50 years.”
Kirkus

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