Wanderlust

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Wanderlust

A History of Walking

By Rebecca Solnit

Penguin Books, Paperback, 9780140286014, 324pp.

Publication Date: June 1, 2001

Description
Drawing together many histories-of anatomical evolution and city design, of treadmills and labyrinths, of walking clubs and sexual mores-Rebecca Solnit creates a fascinating portrait of the range of possibilities presented by walking. Arguing that the history of walking includes walking for pleasure as well as for political, aesthetic, and social meaning, Solnit focuses on the walkers whose everyday and extreme acts have shaped our culture, from philosophers to poets to mountaineers. She profiles some of the most significant walkers in history and fiction-from Wordsworth to Gary Snyder, from Jane Austen's Elizabeth Bennet to Andre Breton's Nadja-finding a profound relationship between walking and thinking and walking and culture. Solnit argues for the necessity of preserving the time and space in which to walk in our ever more car-dependent and accelerated world.


About the Author
Writer, historian, and activist Rebecca Solnit is the author of sixteen books about civil society, popular power, uprisings, art, environment, place, pleasure, politics, hope, and memory. She is a Harper s contributing editor.


Praise For Wanderlust

Delightful...Solnit covers all kinds of ground in her inspiring book on walking. —The Seattle Times

Solnit is an elegant essayist...as a guide, she knows the path well; she is tireless and sure-footed. —The New York Times