Two Boston Brahmins In Goethe's Germany

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This volume includes the travel logs of Anna and George Ticknor from two journeys to the German Confederation from 1815 to 1817 and from 1835 to 1836. As members of an exclusive social class, the Ticknors enjoyed the privilege of traveling and living for an extended period in the German-speaking world, which conferred much-sought cultural and social distinction on them in Boston. A valuable primary source for American and German historians alike, these journals offer insight into the construction of American ...

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Two Boston Brahmins in Goethe's Germany: The Travel Journals of Anna and George Ticknor

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Overview

This volume includes the travel logs of Anna and George Ticknor from two journeys to the German Confederation from 1815 to 1817 and from 1835 to 1836. As members of an exclusive social class, the Ticknors enjoyed the privilege of traveling and living for an extended period in the German-speaking world, which conferred much-sought cultural and social distinction on them in Boston. A valuable primary source for American and German historians alike, these journals offer insight into the construction of American identities, as well as outside perspectives on German society, culture, and politics in the Age of Goethe. Simultaneously and independently composed by husband and wife, these journals are the only known case of parallel male and female travel writing, thus affording a unique opportunity to explore gender as a factor in shaping their perceptions. A biographical glossary and extensive explanatory footnotes make this text accessible to a wide audience.

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  • ISBN-13: 9780739129128
  • Publisher: Lexington Books
  • Publication date: 6/1/2009
  • Pages: 286
  • Product dimensions: 6.20 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Table of Contents

List of Figures ix

Preface xi

Introduction 1

Part 1 A Student Discovers Germany: George Ticknor, 1815-1817

1 "We reached G&oumlet;ttingen, anxious and doubting." Studying Abroad, August 5, 1815-September 10, 1816 21

2 "A Journey" with Edward Everett, September 13-October 25, 1816 31

3 "Germany. Face of the Country": Youthful Reflections, 1815-1817 62

4 "One important step nearer to ... home." March 22-April 1, 1817 86

Part 2 Cosmopolitan Sojourners in Royal Saxony

Section I George Ticknor, 1835-1836

5 "The spires and towers of Dresden were before us." November 12-December 25, 1835 97

6 "I was presented at Court." December 26, 1835-April 22, 1836 111

7 "To keep ... as distinct an impression as I can." A Summary: April 1836 133

8 "It was not agreeable to leave Dresden." May 8-June 5, 1836 147

Section II Anna Ticknor, 1835-1836

9 "Safely arrived at this haven of rest." November 10-December 25, 1835 163

10 "I amused myself with a rehearsal of my dress." December 26, 1835-April 12, 1836 179

11 "I would fain ... give an impression ... of this pretty city." April 26-May 8, 1836 202

12 "Once more travellers!" May 10-June 5, 1836 217

Biographical Glossary 233

Bibliography 251

Index 259

About the Editors 273

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