Journeys into the Mind of the World: A Book of Places

Journeys into the Mind of the World: A Book of Places

by Richard Tillinghast

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Journeys into the Mind of the World: A Book of Places by Richard Tillinghast

Renowned poet Richard Tillinghast's wanderlust and restless spirit are nearly as well-known as his verses. This book of essays captures that penchant to wander, yet Journeys into the Mind of the World is not merely a compilation of travel stories-it is a book of places. It explores the chosen locations in a deeper way than would be typical of travel literature, attempting to enter not just the world, but "the mind of the world"-the roots and history of places, their political and cultural history, spiritual, artistic, architectural, and ethnic dimensions. Behind each essay is the presence, curiosity, and intelligence of the author himself, who uses his experience of the places he visits as a way of bringing the reader into the equation. Tillinghast illuminates his travels with a brilliant eye, a friendly soul, and eclectic knowledge of a variety of disparate areas. This attention to history and cultural embeddedness lends unique perspectives to each essay. The book explores not only Tillinghast's childhood home in Memphis, Tennessee, but even the time before his birth when his mother lived in Paris, Readers will feel a sense of being everywhere of once, in a strange simultaneity, a time and place beyond any map or guidebook.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781621902812
Publisher: University of Tennessee Press
Publication date: 02/15/2017
Edition description: 1st Edition
Sales rank: 1,234,143
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 1.00(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments ix

My Mother's Trip to Paris xi


Four Directions 3

Water Music 13

Overland to India and Nepal

From Berkeley to the Khyber Pass 23

Days and Nights at a Sufi Khanqah in Pakistan 39

The Police Chief of Mustafabad 45

On Pilgrimage in India 49

North into the Foothills 57

Eastward Bound, Across a Storied Landscape: An Interlude 69

Ireland and the World

A Village on Galway Bay 83

The Dead Alive and Busy 89

George MacBeth at Moyne Park 93

From Venice to Tipperary: Architecture and Empire 103

Music along the Road: An Interlude 129


Christmas in London 139

Enthusiasms of a Colonial 149

Looking at English Art and Architecture 153

Pugin and the Gothic Revival 161

William Morris, Maker 167

Max Beerbohm: Taking the Starch out of Eminent Victorians 175

John Betjeman in His Element 183

Saving England 189

Questions of Travel 195


River Town 201

Nathan Bedford Forrest: Born to Fight 229

Greek Revival and Double Dogtrot 243

Peter Taylor and Tennessee's Three Kingdoms 247

Sewanee and the Civil War 251


Introduced Species on the Hamakua Coast 277

Histories of Paradise 289

Hilo, My Hometown 301

Index 313

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