A Canterbury Pilgrimage / An Italian Pilgrimage

A Canterbury Pilgrimage / An Italian Pilgrimage

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A peasant in peaked hat and blue shirt, with trousers rolled up high above his bare knees, crossed the road and silently examined the tricycle. "You have a good horse," he then said; "it eats nothing." -from An Italian Pilgrimage The 1880s was an exhilarating time for cycling pioneers like Elizabeth and her husband Joseph. As boneshakers and high-wheelers evolved into tandem tricycles and the safety bike, cycling grew from child's play and extreme sport into a leisurely and, importantly, literary mode of transportation. The illustrated travel memoirs of "those Pennells" were-and still are-highly entertaining. They helped usher in the new age of leisure touring, while playfully hearkening back to famous literary journeys. In this new edition, Dave Buchanan provides rich cultural contexts surrounding the Pennells' first two adventures. These long out-of-print travel memoirs will delight avid cyclists as well as scholars of travel literature, cycling history, women's writing, Victorian literature, and illustration.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 200 pages
  • 152 x 229 x 13mm | 300g
  • University of Alberta Press (CA)
  • Alberta, Canada
  • English
  • 69 Illustrations, unspecified
  • 1772120421
  • 9781772120424
  • 1,515,824

Table of contents

Acknowledgements viii Introduction ix A Note on the Text xiv A Canterbury Pilgrimage 5 An Italian Pilgrimage 47 Notes 117 Works Cited 135 Bibliography Selected Early Cycle-Travel Literature to 1900 137 The Pennells' Cycling Publications 139 Non-Cycling Books by the Pennells 141 Index 145
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"In the airy, self deprecating style of Robert Louis Stevenson, an American couple captured the imaginations of UK and US readers through the five illustrated cycle-travel books they created beginning in the 1880s. Yes, bikes existed back then-they were all the rage, in fact-and Elizabeth and Joseph Pennell succeeded in bringing the leisure touring idea to the forefront through their jaunts aboard a tandem tricycle outfitted with luggage racks... Cycling historian Dave Buchanan contributes an enlightening introduction which grounds the couple in the literary/art world of the late nineteenth century and gives a gearhead sense of bicycling history. But Elizabeth's delightful prose steals the show..." Foreword Magazine "Cycling historian Dave Buchanan contributes an enlightening introduction which grounds the couple in the literary/art world of the late nineteenth century and gives a geared sense of bicycling history." -- Matt Sutherland Foreword Reviews "[T]he books and articles penned by the Pennells rise to the level of literature. Elizabeth did most of the writing, while Joseph, a lithographer, contributed detailed illustrations of their wanderings." -- Duncan Jamieson AETHLON: The Journal of Sport Literature
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About Elizabeth Robins Pennell

Elizabeth Robins Pennell (1855-1936) and Joseph Pennell (1857-1926), a married couple from Philadelphia, collaborated on numerous books as writer and illustrator. Dave Buchanan teaches in the English Department at MacEwan University in Edmonton. His current research explores the first generation of cycle-travel literature from the 1880s and 1890s. He blogs about the semi-serious cycling life at dustymusette.blogspot.ca.
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