A History of Walking

Recommended by Paul, City Lights Books

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.

Title Wanderlust
Subtitle A History of Walking
Author Rebecca Solnit
Publisher Penguin Books
Title First Published 01 June 2001
Format Paperback
Nb of pages 336 p.
ISBN-10 0140286012
ISBN-13 9780140286014
Publication Date 01 June 2001
Main content page count 336
Weight 16 oz.

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