Wanderlust : A History of Walking

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Drawing together many histories-of anatomical evolution and city design, of treadmills and labyrinths, of walking clubs and sexual mores, Rebecca Solnit creates a fascinating portrait of the range of possibilities presented by walking. Arguing that the history of walking includes walking for pleasure as well as for political, aesthetic, and social meaning, Solnit focuses on the walkers whose everyday and extreme acts have shaped our culture, from philosophers to poets to mountaineers. She profiles some of the most significant walkers in history and fiction-from Wordsworth to Gary Snyder, from Jane Austen's Elizabeth Bennet to Andre Breton's Nadja-finding a profound relationship between walking and thinking and walking and culture. Solnit argues for the necessity of preserving the time and space in which to walk in our ever more car-dependent and accelerated world.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 326 pages
  • 149.86 x 200.66 x 22.86mm | 272.15g
  • Penguin Putnam Inc
  • Penguin USA
  • New York, NY, United States
  • English
  • New edition
  • New edition
  • 0140286012
  • 9780140286014
  • 70,541

About Rebecca Solnit

Rebecca Solnit is the author of numerous books, including Hope in the Dark, River of Shadows: Eadweard Muybridge and the Technological Wild West, Wanderlust: A History of Walking, and As Eve Said to the Serpent: On Landscape, Gender, and Art, which was nominated for the National Book Critics Circle Award in Criticism. In 2003, she received the prestigious Lannan Literary Award.show more

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Delightful...Solnit covers all kinds of ground in her inspiring book on walking. &#8212The Seattle TimesSolnit is an elegant essayist...as a guide, she knows the path well; she is tireless and sure-footed. &#8212The New York Timesshow more

Table of contents

Acknowledgments I. The Pace of Thoughts 1. Tracing a Headland: An Introduction 3. The Mind at Three Miles an Hour 3. Rising and Falling: The Theorists of Bipedalism 4. The Uphill Road to Grace: Some Pilgrimages 5. Labyrinths and Cadillacs: Walking into the Realm of the Symbolic II. From the Garden to the Wild 6. The Path Out of the Garden 7. The Legs of William Wordsworth 8. A Thousand Miles of Conventional Sentiment: The Literature of Walking 9. Mount Obscurity and Mount Arrival 10. Of Walking Clubs and Land Wars III. Lives of the Streets 11. The Solitary Stroller and the City 12. Paris, or Botanizing on the Asphalt 13. Citizens of the Streets: Parties, Processions, and Revolutions 14. Walking After Midnight: Women, Sex, and Public Space IV. Past the End of the Road 15. Aerobic Sisyphus and the Suburbanized Psyche 16. The Shape of a Walk 17. Las Vegas, or the Longest Distance Between Two Points Notes Index Sources for Foot Quotationsshow more