Item description for Women Travelers: A Century of Trailblazing Adventures 1850-1950 by Alexandra Lapierre & Christel Mouchard...
An award-winning novelist brings to life the stories of the greatest women adventurers in history. From deserts and jungles to mountains and icebergs, they faced unimaginable dangers as they crossed all five continents, often armed with little more than a corset and an umbrella. Spanning a decade, this book mixes triumph and tragedy. The featured women include Fanny Vandegrift, the wife of Robert Louis Stevenson, who ventured all the way from Indiana to Samoa, and Nellie Bly, journalist and social reformer, who went around the world in seventy-two days. The thirty-one women celebrated here hail from fourteen countries and traveled to the farthest reaches of our planet. Twice as brave as their male counterparts, in the face of social convention, these women set off into the unknown. Their bold journeys across the globe had long-lasting effects on the role and status of women in society, and they made important contributions to disciplines as varied as medicine, archeology, and anthropology. Alexandra Lapierre has won international acclaim for her writing. Her works have been widely translated and she has received numerous awards, including the Honorary Award of the Association of American University Women. She earned an MFA degree in 1981 from the University of Southern California, Los Angeles.Christel Mouchard is the author of many works about women explorers in her native French.
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 1.25" Width: 10" Height: 12.75" Weight: 4.4 lbs.
Release Date Oct 16, 2007
ISBN 2080300180 ISBN13 9782080300188
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More About Alexandra Lapierre & Christel Mouchard
Alexandra Lapierre has won international acclaim for her writing. Her works have been widely translated and she has received numerous awards, including the Honorary Award of the Association of American University Women. She earned an MFA degree in 1981 from the University of Southern California, Los Angeles.Christel Mouchard is the author of many works about women explorers in her native French.
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Move over Phineas Fogg Feb 17, 2008
"In 1898, Fanny Bullock Workman launched her assault on the Himalayas. Hanging from the handlebars of her bicycle was a tin teakettle. Her pith helmet harbored the badge of the Touring Club of France. A final accessory, one that never left her side and was scarcely less indispensable than her teakettle, was her husband." And as they journeyed, they added such "items as a whip (to drive away the dogs who chased Mrs. Workman's skirts), a pistol (for any men similarly inclined), and a Kodak camera."
This fascinating book celebrates the courageous journeys of thirty-one women from fourteen countries. In addition to Workman, they include Fanny Vandegrift, wife of Robert Louis Stevenson, Nellie Bly, a journalist who went around the world in 72 days, Ida Pfeiffer, Alexine Tinne and Florence Baker and others.
Many of the journeys had long-lasting effects on the role and status of women in society. Some made important contributions to disciplines as varied as medicine, archaeology and anthropology.
Christel Mouchard is an award winning novelist. She used archival photographs and extracts from diaries, letters and other writings to bring these people alive. This book will appeal to travelers of all types and genders.
Robert C. Ross 2008
Women of Adventure Feb 14, 2008
I read a review of this book in an Australian newspaper and felt that I just had to have it. Due to it's popularity it was out of stock, so of course I looked on this site and there it was - and even with postage it's cheaper to buy overseas ! My package arrived safely and with excitement I ripped into it to reveal the most gorgeous book filled with amazing women and their stories. These women survived hardship, often with extreme weather and lengthy travel by any means in order to satify their wanderlust in a time when women were meant to stay at home and tend to husbands and children. I love that they remained true to themselves, however they saw themselves, some dressing as men to allow a greater range of travelling experience and others ensuring they travelled with the best goods such as porcelain teasets and linen sheets. If you adore armchair travel then this is the book for you - it takes you back to the time when a journey was dangerous, romantic and exotic and when the fun was in the getting there.
Women Travelers: A Century of Trailblazing Adventures 1850 - 1950 Jan 18, 2008
I bought this book for my wife as a Christmas present and after she had thoroughly enjoyed reading it , I stared to peruse it . A must read for everyone and more particular every woman.