A fascinating travelogue detailing the turn-of-the-twentieth-century adventures of intrepid traveler and socialite Elizabeth Sinkler Coxe . . . that included trips to Egypt, Turkey, France, Italy, and Greece. Drawing on Lizzie's diary, travel journals, letters, and business documents, great-grandniece LeClercq provides an exotic firsthand account of a unique type of upper-class travel in a bygone era.
Through both words and pictures, this vivid chronicle of camels and trains, dervishes and pyramids, demonstrates the grand tour's cultural importance.
Charleston (S.C.) Magazine
The letters make for terrific armchair-and-ottoman reading, superb in their evocation of time. . . . To bridge the gaps in the letter-writing chronology, LeClercq contributes a highly readable narrative that pulls the reader along like a good novel.
Charleston (S.C.) Post & Courier
The sketches and written accounts of her extensive travels possess considerable period charm. Lizzie Sinkler seems promising raw material for one of her cousin-in-law Edith Wharton's novels.
Charleston (S.C.) Mercury
Sharing the story of a woman who was comfortable in the North and the South and embraced a larger world as well, Elizabeth Sinkler Coxe's Tales from the Grand Tour broadens our understanding of the complexities of the postbellum United States.
Journal of Southern History