File Name Davies1979
Call Number DA 670 L1 D38 1979
Title A Walk Around the Lakes: Observations Relative Chiefly to the Picturesque Beauty, for Those Desirous of Being Guided to the Lake District in the North-West of England; Particularly the Lakes, Mountains, and Valleys, Made on a Pedestrian Tour in the Year 1978; and a Consideration of the Many Eminent and Literary Personages Associated with Cumbria, Particularly Mr. William Wordsworth
Short Title A Walk Around the Lakes
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Dedication Printed: "For Margaret, a true Cumbrian..."
Imprint Great Britain: Weidenfeld and Nicolson, 91 Clapham High Street, London Sw4. Printed and bound in Great Britain by Butler & Tanner Ltd, Frome and London.
Edition 1
Publication Date 1979
SFU Catalogue Original Bibliography xii, 339 p., [6] leaves of plates : ill. ; 23 cm. Includes bibliographical references and index. "Proof copy from Weidenfeld & Nicolson, uncorrected and not for publication" -- Cover.
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A Walk Around the Lakes tells the story of Hunter Davies’ year-long sojourn in the Lake District. Wishing to enhance his travel journal with local, natural, and literary history, Davies interviews numerous residents in the area, eventually concluding that the Lake District is a microcosm of England itself. Channeling Wordsworth, he argues that the variety of the Lake District is what makes it exceptional: it has everything from “lush pastures, twee cottages, stately castles, romantic valleys, lakeside resorts, hidden tarns, smooth hills, wild fells, sudden waterfalls, open heather, rough moorland, frightening crags, dramatic snow-clad mountaintops. It’s nature’s miniature kingdom . . . Yet the scale is all so manageable. There is no place you can’t escape from and be in complete isolation in half an hour, even on the busiest bank holiday” (2). Like countless literary pilgrims before him, Davies dreams of recapturing the lives of figures like Beatrix Potter, John Ruskin, and especially Wordsworth. In fact, Wordsworth’s influence is so great that he becomes a kind of secondary narrator in the text. Davies frequently compares the Lake District of his present with the one Wordsworth would have experienced, exhibiting a desire to embody the poet’s experience that is in fact a common trope in modern Lake District travel writing. Twenty-one illustrations accompany the text, a mix of photographs and reproductions of paintings printed in black-and-white. There are also fourteen inset maps, a bibliography, and full index. Though A Walk Around the Lakes was eventually published, the SFU LDC contains a proof copy. It is in excellent condition, the binding made from paper and the pages pristine.

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