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- DescriptionDiary of an Invalid is a vivid account of the author's travels through Portugal, Italy, Switzerland and France in what he calls 'a wild goose chase after health'. Written in a lively and often witty style, this work provides us with a fascinating insight into the life of an Englishman abroad in the early nineteenth century. Although plagued by the vagaries of the weather, of which he complains volubly, this does t stop the author from visiting and describing the artistic and architectural wonders of the cities he visits with enthusiasm and interest. Accompanied by irreverent and humorous descriptions of the characters he meet along the way, Diary is an entertaining and engaging read.
- Author BiographyBorn in 1789, Henry Matthews was educated at Eton and then became a fellow of Kings College Cambridge, from which he received a B.A. in 1812 and, in 1815, an M.A. He was forced to leave England in 1817 for the continent as a result of bad health and on his return published Diary of an Invalid. This book was so popular on its publication in 1820 that it was already into its third edition by 1822. Having previously been called to the bar, Matthews was appointed advocate-fiscal of Ceylon in 1821 and continued in this position until he was promoted to the position of judge in 1827. However, he was not to hold this position for long, dying in Ceylon on 20 May 1828.
- Author(s)Henry Matthews
- PublisherThe History Press Ltd
- Date of Publication31/05/2004
- SubjectTravel Writing
- Place of PublicationStroud
- Country of PublicationUnited Kingdom
- ImprintNonsuch Publishing
- Content NoteIllustrations
- Weight400 g
- Width125 mm
- Height198 mm
- Spine10 mm
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