Northern Illinois University Press

Telling Travels

Selected Writings by Nineteenth-Century American Women Abroad

Edited by Mary Suzanne Schriber

"It is expressive and confident women such as these who helped American women obtain greater independence, and ultimately changed their world."—Times Literary Supplement

"A valuable contribution."—Nineteenth-Century Literature

With the advent of the "steam palace" in the nineteenth century, American women set out to see the world. Women from various walks of life—prototypes of Daisy Miller, Isabel Archer, and Undine Spragg—crossed the oceans in record numbers. As they traveled abroad to faraway destinations in Europe, Africa, the Middle East, China, and India, many recorded their experiences and their impressions of foreign lands.

Women speak for themselves in Telling Travels, a selection of narratives from travel books by nineteenth-century American women. Included here are such famed authors as Harriet Beecher Stowe and Nellie Bly, as well as rediscovered travel writers. Whether musing on the vagaries of journeying abroad or commenting on the history, politics, and customs of other lands, the writers express their cultural predispositions and reflect the changing dynamics of gender politics.

(1995) 338 pp.
ISBN: 978-0-87580-195-7
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ISBN: 978-0-87580-561-0
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Table of Contents

Note on the Text
Emma Hart Willard: Journal and Letters, from France and Great-Britain
Abby Jane Morrell: Narrative of a Voyage
Sarah Rogers Haight: Letters from the Old World
Catharine Maria Sedgwick: Letters from Abroad to Kindred at Home
Caroline Stansbury Kirkland: Holidays Abroad
Margaret Fuller Ossoli: At Home and Abroad
Nancy Prince: A Narrative of the Life and Travels of Mrs. Nancy Prince
Harriet Beecher Stowe: Sunny Memories of Foreign Lands
Julia Ward Howe: From the Oak to the Olive
Helen Hunt Jackson: Bits of Travel
Kate Field: Hap-Hazard
Lucy Seaman Bainbridge: Round-the-World Letters
Elizabeth Cochrane Seaman: Nellie Bly's Book
Fanny Bullock Workman: Algerian Memories
Constance Fenimore Woolson: Mentone, Cairo, and Corfu
Agnes McAllister: A Lone Woman in Africa
Selected Bibliography

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ISBN: 978-0-87580-195-7
cloth $42.00
ISBN: 978-0-87580-561-0
paper $20.50