Author(s): Iain Gordon Brown
Frolics in the Face of Europe: Sir Walter Scott, Continental Travel and the Tradition of the Grand Tour
Sir Walter Scott (1771-1832) wrote frequently of his desire to travel widely in Europe. He made, however, only three Continental ventures. Two were to Belgium and Paris. Shortly before his death, he at last journeyed to the Mediterranean. His time in Naples and Rome provoked both interest and sadness: most of all, it caused him to reflect on the Scotland of his mind and heart.
These trips are full of interest – but so are the many other schemes Scott entertained for wider travelling, notably to Spain and Portugal, Switzerland and Germany. In Frolics in the Face of Europe: Sir Walter Scott, Continental Travel and the Tradition of the Grand Tour, all are examined in the context of the Grand Tour tradition, and in the new kind of ‘romantic’ travel that, after 1815, came to replace it.
By drawing on Scott’s letters and journal, on his verse, prose fiction and the literature of travel, which gave him such a wide knowledge of the world without even leaving his library at Abbotsford, many social, literary and artistic connections are made. Events, places and personalities are linked, often in surprising ways.
This book offers a fresh view of Scott as the 250th anniversary of his birth approaches.
|FORMAT||234 x 156 mm|
|PUBLICATION DATE||18 November 2020
|ILLUSTRATIONS||52 b/w and colour engravings and illustrations|