Victorian Lady Travellers

by Dorothy Middleton

Paperback, 2005




Academy Chicago Publishers (2005), Edition: Revised ed., 210 pages


A lively, amusing retelling of the adventures of seven unique women, who fearlessly travelled to remote corners of the earth: Isabella Bird Bishop, Marianne North (a botanist who painted in Brazil), Fanny Bullock Workman (photographer and mountaineer), Annie Taylor, May French Sheldon, Kate Marsden, and Mary Kingsley.


½ (6 ratings; 3.6)

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It is apparent almost immediately the genuine admiration in Middleton's voice as she describes the lives and accomplishments of each "Victorian Lady Traveller." Each chapter is dedicated to a different prominent adventurer between 1830 and 1936, seven in all: Isabella Bird Bishop, Marianne North,
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Fanny Bullock Workman, May French Sheldon, Annie Taylor, Kate Marsden and the ever-famous Mary Kingsley. Middleton dedicates approximately 22 pages to each woman (including considerable chunks of quotations from each explorer's book or journal, if she has authored one). Granted, it's a short book so I wish Middleton had written more and quoted less.
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