Pleasures and Landscapes

Pleasures and Landscapes

by Sybille Bedford
     
 

Sybille Bedford once wrote that travel writing is inseparable from the writer's tastes, idiosyncrasies, and general temperament—it is what happens to him when he is confronted with a column, a bird, a sage, a cheat, a riot; wine, fruit, dirt; the delay in the dirt, the failing airplane. Pleasures and Landscapes is what happened to Mrs. Bedford when, at the

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Sybille Bedford once wrote that travel writing is inseparable from the writer's tastes, idiosyncrasies, and general temperament—it is what happens to him when he is confronted with a column, a bird, a sage, a cheat, a riot; wine, fruit, dirt; the delay in the dirt, the failing airplane. Pleasures and Landscapes is what happened to Mrs. Bedford when, at the peak of her literary powers, she traveled through France, Italy, and the rest of Europe for Vogue, Esquire, and other magazines —eight classic essays that secure her a place at the table with A. J. Liebling and M. F. K. Fisher.

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The New York Times
Here we're back in a time when northern Europeans needed reassurance about southern European plumbing, when roads were empty because nobody had gasoline, when there really was a Yugoslavia. And we're tactfully, gracefully handled because Bedford knows that the traveler is ''a bundle of wants at the mercy of his environment.'' These countries from the past seem wonderfully foreign, all golden light and exotic moments. — Michael Pye

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781582431703
Publisher:
Counterpoint Press
Publication date:
04/15/2003
Pages:
192
Product dimensions:
5.49(w) x 8.26(h) x 0.54(d)

Meet the Author

Sybille Bedford was born in 1911, in Charlottenburg, Germany, and was brought up in Italy, England, and France. in 1953, she made her literary debut with A Visit to Don Otavio, and has since published eight other books - including Jigsaw, A Legacy, A Favourite of the Gods, and A Compass Error, as well as classic accounts of criminal trials and other courtroom cases, and an acclaimed biography of her mentor Aldous Huxley. She was vice president of English PEN and one of Britain's nine Companions of Literature. Ms. Bedford lived in London where she passed away in February 2006.

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