Northern Illinois University Press

A Motor-Flight Through France

Edith Wharton

Introduction by Mary Suzanne Schriber

"A portrait of a long-forgotten France, a country that, when Wharton ranged over it in her 1904 Panhard-Levassor, was largely unchanged from medieval times."ŚNew York Times Book Review

"Those who have been charmed with Mrs. Wharton's novels will not be disappointed by her venture into the unfamiliar role of a travel writer."ŚNew York Times (1908)

"Wharton's reflections will still charm those who've been and those who dream. A nice addition to American literature as well as travel collections."ŚLibrary Journal

Shedding the turn-of-the-century social confines she felt existed for women in America, Edith Wharton set out in the newly invented "motor-car" to explore the cities and countryside of France. In A Motor-Flight Through France, originally published in 1908, Wharton combines the power of her prose, her love for travel, and her affinity for France to produce this compelling travelogue.

Now back in print, this edition of will interest students of American literature as well as those who wish to see France through the eyes of a great American writer. The introduction analyzes Wharton's use of the genre of travel writing and places Wharton's work in the context of her life and times.

(1991) 251 pp., illus.
ISBN: 978-0-87580-163-6
cloth $42.00

ISBN: 978-0-87580-553-5
paper $18.00

Table of Contents

Note on the Text
Introduction by Mary Suzanne Schriber
Part I
I. Boulogne to Amiens
II. Beauvais and Rouen
III. From Rouen to Fontainebleau
IV. The Loire and the Indre
V. Nohant to Clermont
VI. In Auverge
VII. Royat to Bourges
Part II
I. Paris to Poitiers
II. Poitiers to the Pyrenees
III. The Pyrenees to Provence
IV. The Rhone to the Seine
Part III
A Flight to the North-East

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ISBN: 978-0-87580-163-6
cloth $42.00
ISBN: 978-0-87580-553-5
paper $18.00