The Oxford Book of Travel Stories (Oxford Books of Prose)

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Travel--long associated with marvels and adventure, excitement and mystery--has always proved an irresistible literary subject. Now, in The Oxford Book of Travel Stories, Patricia Craig brings together thirty-two fascinating travel stories, each one illustrating in its own way what travel has to do with stimulus, enrichment, and a sense of achievement.
Here is some of the best short fiction representing the most exhilarating subjects from writers as diverse as Ring Lardner, Anthony Trollope, Edith Wharton, Charles Dickens, Wilkie Collins, John Updike, David Malouf, Rebecca West, Rachel Ingalls, Evelyn Waugh, Alice Adams, John Cheever, and Raymond Carver. From Jack Kerouac's Big Trip to Europe, of 1960, which encapsulates the late 1950s fecklessness and the soft-drug related styles of indolence abroad to F. Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald's Show Mr. and Mrs. F to Number ____, a mood-piece about exotic hotel life in the 1920s, to Flannery O'Connor's A Good Man is Hard to Find, a high-spirited, productively unsettling jaunt, The Oxford Book of Travel Stories brilliantly encompasses the travel story genre.

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Travel stories inspire travel, and travel thrives on travel stories. So when you pack for your European jaunt, you'd do well to include Patricia Craig's anthology of travel stories. It includes excerpts by Charles Dickens, stories by Edith Wharton, Evelyn Waugh, and F. Scott Fitzgerald, Jack Kerouac, Anita Desai, and Paul Theroux, Raymond Carver, Elizabeth Bishop, and 24 more seasoned and superb writers. It features snippets of London, Scotland and Greece, Paris, Germany and Morocco. The stories reach from the English Midlands to Bombay, Malaysia, and China, from 19th-century Palestine to the Riviera of the 1920s and Switzerland in the 1990s. The two common threads are travel and quality writing, and they make for delightful reading on that flight to Greece or that train across France.

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Patricia Craig was born and educated in Belfast before moving to London, where she now lives. She is a freelance critic and reviewer and has edited several anthologies, including Oxford Books of Detective Stories, Ireland, English Detective Stories, and Modern Women's Stories.

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