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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

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."

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Travel Quotation

“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

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Book Review: The Amateur Emigrant

From Scotland to Silverado

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. Read More 

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