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"In wildness is the preservation of the world," noted Henry David Thoreau, whose famous epigram arose in "Walking," his meditation on the relationship between civilization and nature. The great American poet and philosopher's essay appears in this footloose compilation, a celebration of the freedom to roam, stroll, strut, and wander.
These reflections by distinguished writers range far and wide, from the hills and valleys of Thoreau's native New England to the shadowy streets and bridges of Charles Dickenss nighttime London. In "Traveling Afoot," John Finley reminisces about memorable walks across the Scottish moors, around the riverbanks of Manhattan, and through the French countryside on the eve of the First World War. Max Beerbohm, in "Going Out for a Walk," laments being coaxed away from his comfortable armchair, and Christopher Morley confesses his passion for people-watching in "Sauntering." Other contributors include William Hazlitt, George Gissing, Hilaire Belloc, and Leslie Stephen. Charming woodcut illustrations complement the text.
A delightful series of excursions into the unique landscape and mindscape of the traveler afoot, these 12 essays include contributions by Dickens, Beerbohm, Hazlitt, Belloc, Thoreau, and other distinguished authors.
The simple act of walking often inspires deep literary reflection. This delightful excursion of 12 essays ranges far and wide, offering Dickens's "Night Walks" and "Tramps," Leslie Stephen's "In Praise of Walking," Beerbohm's "Going Out for a Walk," and Morley's "Sauntering." Additional contributors include Hazlitt, Belloc, Thoreau, Trevelyan, and other distinguished authors.