Grand Tours and Cook's Tours: A History of Leisure Travel, 1750 to 1915

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This history of leisure travel from the middle of the eighteenth century to the start of World War I is a record of remarkable changes - in technology, the size of the traveling public, choices of destination, even beliefs about what was worth seeing. What begins as a description of the Grand Tour of the European continent for sons of wealthy British families - the tour itself was often an education in carnal as much as classical knowledge - becomes the story of how the masses came to enjoy the pleasures once ...
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Overview

This history of leisure travel from the middle of the eighteenth century to the start of World War I is a record of remarkable changes - in technology, the size of the traveling public, choices of destination, even beliefs about what was worth seeing. What begins as a description of the Grand Tour of the European continent for sons of wealthy British families - the tour itself was often an education in carnal as much as classical knowledge - becomes the story of how the masses came to enjoy the pleasures once reserved for a special few. In their efforts to be exclusive, the well-to-do turned to ever more exotic landscapes. Switzerland, Egypt, Japan, and the American West were among the places they sought out, as enterprising businessmen built lavish hotels to insulate rich travelers from the inconveniences of everyday life in remote locations (and from their more proletarian counterparts). But, as Lynne Withey delightfully and informatively shows, no matter where the wealthy led, mass tourism followed, with package tours, budget train tickets, and ingenious advertising providing the incentives. Among the more famous travelers who appear on these pages are James Boswell, William and Dorothy Wordsworth, James Fenimore Cooper, Mark Twain, Florence Nightingale, Charles Dickens, Edith Wharton, and even Emily Post (a pioneer auto traveler whose adventures included camping out in the New Mexico desert). But equal attention is paid to lesser-known men and women, among them Amelia Edwards, a pulp novelist whose journey up the Nile launched her on a career as an Egyptologist, and Ida Pfeiffer, who made a career of traveling around the world on a budget. And, of course, here are the stories of the entrepreneurs whose innovations have made their names synonymous with their products - among them Karl Baedecker, George Pullman, Cesar Ritz, and, above all, Thomas Cook.
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Karen Kennerly
People have always traveled for what is not at home (and for what, finally, cannot be brought home); but the "what" has changed in every period and in every culture....Now we are living in the celebrated age of "globalization," in which a new sameness seems to be overwhelming the old otherness.
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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
In this entertaining and illuminating history of more than 150 years of travel, Withey (Voyages of Discovery: Captain Cook and the Exploration of the Pacific) traces the transition from the lengthy, expensive expeditions of the wealthy to brief and relatively low-cost trips for the middle class. Before the advent of railroads, getting almost anywhere required leisure, money and a willingness to endure major discomfort. Crossing the Channel could take a day; getting from Paris to Lyons several days or even weeks; and crossing the Alps was a frightening expedition, in which travelers were carried over mountain passes in a litter. Transportation was crude and erratic, luxury accommodations were scarce and the food was unfamiliar. But before mass transit and television helped to homogenize the world, travel was a high adventure into the exotic, and a "wanderjahr"-a year spent seeing the world before settling down-was a social prerequisite for the sons of the rich. With the advent of railroads, Thomas Cook, a British temperance preacher and cabinetmaker, conceived the idea that workers might share the broadening effects of travel. Beginning in 1841, he persuaded carriers to discount fares in exchange for large numbers of passengers. Thus was born group tourism, with its cheap day trips and short vacations for the masses, changing the nature of travel, even for the wealthy. Withey fills her account with intriguing details of the trials and rewards of travel in Europe and the U.S. from the 18th century to the close of the 19th, including choice observations from such famous travelers as Boswell, Goethe, Dickens, Edith Wharton and Mark Twain. Photos not seen by PW. (Feb.)
Library Journal
Withey (Voyages of Discovery, Univ. of California, 1989. reprint) offers a nice companion volume to Larry Krotz's Tourists (LJ 11/15/96). Withey looks at the origin of tourism, beginning in the 18th century with James Boswell. She examines the history of leisure travel in three parts: grand tours, the business of travel, and beyond Europe. Relying heavily on published contemporary accounts, she focuses on people who traveled for the fun of it, although in the beginning traveling could be arduous. While originally for the rich, travel was embraced by the masses through the efforts of Thomas Cook. Using the archives of Thomas Cook Ltd. and manuscripts from the Huntington Library, Withey tells of the rise of George Pullman's palace cars in the United States, Georges Nagelmacker's sleeping cars in Europe, and Csar Ritz's luxury Swiss hotels. Not scholarly but a fascinating story. For all libraries.-George M. Jenks, Bucknell Univ., Lewisburg, Pa.
Karen Kennerly
People have always traveled for what is not at home (and for what, finally, cannot be brought home); but the "what" has changed in every period and in every culture....Now we are living in the celebrated age of "globalization," in which a new sameness seems to be overwhelming the old otherness.
The New Republic
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780688088002
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 2/28/1997
  • Edition description: 1st Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 401
  • Product dimensions: 6.34 (w) x 9.51 (h) x 1.33 (d)

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