Wanderlust: A History of Walking

Category: Book
By (author): Solnit, Rebecca
Subject:  SCIENCE / Life Sciences / Human Anatomy & Physiology
  SOCIAL SCIENCE / Sociology / General
  TRAVEL / Essays & Travelogues
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Published: June 2001
Format: Book-hardcover
Pages: 336
Size: 8.00in x 5.90in x 0.78in
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From The Publisher*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.
Review Quote*Delightful...Solnit covers all kinds of ground in her inspiring book on walking. -The Seattle Times

Solnit is an elegant essayist...as a guide, she knows the path well; she is tireless and sure-footed. -The New York Times

Biographical NoteRebecca 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.