A Motor-Flight through France

A Motor-Flight through France

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by Edith Wharton
     
 

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Freed from the dependency upon the timetables and routes of the railway, the early years of the 20th century were a golden age for motorists. This book describes three of Wharton's journeys in this era, travelling in a chauffeur-driven Panhard with servants and luggage sent on ahead. The journeys are: a three-week run from Boulogne to Clermont-Ferrand to Paris in

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Freed from the dependency upon the timetables and routes of the railway, the early years of the 20th century were a golden age for motorists. This book describes three of Wharton's journeys in this era, travelling in a chauffeur-driven Panhard with servants and luggage sent on ahead. The journeys are: a three-week run from Boulogne to Clermont-Ferrand to Paris in May 1906

a circuit of the South-West, the Pyrenees and the Rhone Valley in March-April 1907, accompanied by Henry James

and a short weekend in Picardy in 1907. Wharton wrote of her "flights" for the "Atlantic Monthly" and collected them into the present volume, which was first published in 1908.

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher

"A portrait of a long-forgotten France, a country that, when Wharton ranged over it in her 1904 Panhard-Levassor, was largely unchanged from medieval times."—New York Times Book Review

"Those who have been charmed with Mrs. Wharton's novels will not be disappointed by her venture into the unfamiliar role of a travel writer."—New York Times (1908)

"Wharton's reflections will still charm those who've been and those who dream. A nice addition to American literature as well as travel collections."—Library Journal

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780330343978
Publisher:
Pan Macmillan
Publication date:
12/01/1995
Series:
Picador Travel Classics Series
Pages:
208

Meet the Author

Edith Wharton (1862-1937) was the first woman to win the Pulitzer Prize for fiction. She is the author of such classics in American literature as The House of Mirth, The Custom of the Country, The Age of Innocence, and Ethan Frome.

Brief Biography

Date of Birth:
January 24, 1862
Date of Death:
August 11, 1937
Place of Birth:
New York, New York
Place of Death:
Saint-Brice-sous-Forêt, France
Education:
Educated privately in New York and Europe

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A Motor-Flight Through France 3.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
TheNightBus More than 1 year ago
Wharton at her best. Absolutely charming descriptions of travel through France, the houses, the people, the countryside. Delicious repartee with her traveling companion, Henry James. The new e-book edition is beautifully produced, and the introduction by travel writer Lavinia Spalding is a Must Read. Highly recommended!
Guest More than 1 year ago
i decided a while back to read some travel lit. i found this book on here, and since i had enjoyed a couple of edith's novels, i thought this would be good. it is terrible. it seems like something thrown together by an editor. the book started, in fact, as articles for a magazine, but edith should have worked harder on intergrating them into a book.