Inspired Journeys

Inspired Journeys

Travel Writers in Search of the Muse

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Full of humor, profundity, and obsession, these are tales of writers on pilgrimage, in search of legends, artistic inspiration, spiritual epiphany, or fulfillment of a promise.

Full of humor, profundity, and obsession, these are tales of writers on peregrine paths. Some set out in search of legends or artistic inspiration; others seek spiritual epiphany or fulfillment of a promise. Their journeys lead them variously to Dracula’s castle, Laura Ingalls Wilder’s prairie, the Grimms’ fairy-tale road, Mayan temples, Nathaniel West’s California, the Camino de Santiago trail, Scott’s Antarctica, the Marquis de Sade’s haunted manor, or the sacred city of Varanasi. All of these pilgrimages are worthy journeys—redemptive and serious. But a time-honored element of pilgrimage is a suspension of rules, and there is absurdity and exuberance here as well.

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This anthology brings together 17 travel writers from the US for essays describing pilgrimages to various places. They include topics like seeking out birthplaces, death places, and sites of famous moments or works that serve as muses, such as the houses of Laura Ingalls Wilder's family, Antarctica and the Soviet Union, the Marquis de Sade's castle in France, and California, and pilgrimages based on familial death and loss, such as to Germany's Fairy-Tale Road, the Camino de Santiago in northern Spain, Wendell Berry's farm, the Azores, Sadie Thorpe's grave, India, Australia, Slovenia, and Belize. Annotation ©2016 Ringgold, Inc., Portland, OR (

Publisher: Madison, Wisconsin :, The University of Wisconsin Press,, [2016]
Copyright Date: ©2016
ISBN: 9780299309404
Characteristics: pages cm
Additional Contributors: Bouldrey, Brian - Editor


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