The Burning Leg: Walking Scenes from Classic Fiction

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Walkers, like lovers of literature, are driven by the urge to explore, and writers have blessed their fictional characters with itchy feet since the earliest of narratives. From Milton?s Adam and Eve leaving Eden to Mrs. Yeobright?s maternal anxiety spurring her across country in Hardy?s The Return of the Native, walks found in novels, short stories, and even drama can have a multitude of meanings. Editor Duncan Minshull explores these meanings by collecting extracts from Dickens and Dostoevsky, Proust and ...

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Overview

Walkers, like lovers of literature, are driven by the urge to explore, and writers have blessed their fictional characters with itchy feet since the earliest of narratives. From Milton’s Adam and Eve leaving Eden to Mrs. Yeobright’s maternal anxiety spurring her across country in Hardy’s The Return of the Native, walks found in novels, short stories, and even drama can have a multitude of meanings. Editor Duncan Minshull explores these meanings by collecting extracts from Dickens and Dostoevsky, Proust and Poe, Kipling and Kafka, and many more, to show how this seemingly simple pastime can turn into a multifaceted symbol in the hands of the world's literary giants.

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"This wonderful little jewel collects extracts from Dickens and John Clare, George Eliot, Leo Tolstoy, D.H. Lawrence, Kipling, Kafka and many more. They are all here, from young ladies seeking to escape the confines of the drawing room, through flaneurs posing on city streets, to adventurers like Mark Twain and Jack London."  —Conde Naste Traveller
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781843917151
  • Publisher: Hesperus Press
  • Publication date: 5/26/2010
  • Pages: 120
  • Product dimensions: 5.00 (w) x 8.00 (h) x 0.60 (d)

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Duncan Minshull is the editor of The Vintage Book of Walking. Will Self is a celebrated author, who is known for his satirical, grotesque, and fantastical novels and short stories.

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